Hundreds of Fairfax County seniors participate in global earthquake drill

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Years ago, only a few Virginia residents would have taken an “earthquake drill,” seriously.

In August, 2011 a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit the Commonwealth’s Piedmont region — everything changed.

“The Great ShakeOut,” an earthquake drill movement with California roots, gained popularity.

Thursday, over 60 million people participated in the drill worldwide. Over 2.3 million of them, were in the “Great SouthEast ShakeOut;” which includes, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington D.C. Florida, Georgia, Delaware and the Carolinas.

Approximately 600 Greenspring residents were proud participants. Residents and staff of the retirement community were prepared for the drill by the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management.

“We want people to drop, cover and hold on if they can. If not — adapt to your situation. So, if you’re in a wheelchair, we want you to lock, cover and hold on. If you can’t get down on the ground, sit on the chair, and protect your head and your neck. The most important thing is, we want people to protect their vital organs.” explained Courtney Arroyo, access and functional needs integration liaison.

Learn more, or request a drill here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergencymanagement/

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