Leonardtown, MD – The Department of Emergency Services encourages citizens and businesses to be a part of the ShakeOut … the world’s largest earthquake drill on Thursday, October 18, at 10:18 A.M. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to register at ShakeOut.org.

In MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:


DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter nearby if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)

            Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until shaking stops

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts

            No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

For more preparedness information visit prepare.stmarysmd.com