Virginia signs on for ‘Great Southeast ShakeOut’ earthquake drill

Virginians can practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” the recommended response to an earthquake, during the first ever Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m.

Virginia joins Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia in holding the drill and is encouraging schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities and families to participate.

The Oct. 18 earthquake drill for southeastern states will follow the one-year anniversary of the August 23, 2011, 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral. The ShakeOut drill, modeled after similar efforts held throughout the nation, provides an opportunity to practice a simple, potentially lifesaving, action should an earthquake occur:

  • Drop to the ground

  • Take cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck

  • Hold on until the shaking stops


  • To register for the earthquake drill, go to http://www.shakeout.org/southeast. Those registering for the drill will receive regular information on how to plan their drill and engage their communities to become better prepared for earthquakes and disasters.
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    The following churches in Henrico County will hold Christmas Eve services:

    Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave. – 4 p.m. (family), 6 p.m. (modern), 8:30 p.m. (traditional) and 11 p.m. (traditional);
    Welborne United Methodist Church, 920 Maybeury Dr. – 5 p.m. (family) and 8 p.m. (traditional);
    River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. – 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
    Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. – 4:30 p.m.;
    St. John’s Catholic Church, 813 W. Nine Mile Rd. – 5:30 p.m.;
    Highland Springs United Methodist Church, 22 N. Holly Ave. – 7 p.m.;
    Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. – 7 p.m.;
    Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 8701 Ridge Rd. – 6 p.m.;
    Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. – 6 p.m.;
    Gayton Road Christian Church, 12050 Ridgefield Pkwy. – 7 p.m.;
    Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd. – 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.;
    Bon Air Baptist Church at The Village, 7250 Patterson Ave. – 5:30 p.m.;
    Christ Presbyterian Church, 2508 Dickens Rd. – 7 p.m.;
    St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. – 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
    Corinth United Methodist Church, 23 W. Williamsburg Rd. – 4 p.m. (family), 7 p.m. (traditional) and 11 p.m. (candlelight);
    The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd. – 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
    North Run Baptist Church, 2100 Lydell Dr. – 6 p.m.
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