October 3, 2023

Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, Oct. 15

The following message is from the UMW Office of Emergency Management and Safety:

The University of Mary Washington will join thousands of people who will participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a drill for what to do in the event of an earthquake, on Thursday,  Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C., will participate in the event.

At that time, the Area Warning System will be tested and a text alert will be sent.

Please consider where you are and what you should do if an earthquake occurred. Please visit http://shakeout.org/southeast to help you prepare for an earthquake.

The following should be done in event of an earthquake:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

For more information, contact Christopher D. Cash, emergency systems integrator, at ccash@umw.edu or 540-654-1579.