2013-10-16 / Columns


ShakeOut about being prepared for earthquake

A lot of focus on nature in South Carolina goes to thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. But on Thursday, South Carolina will be shaking.

Gov. Nikki Haley is proclaiming Earthquake Awareness Week for 2013 be observed Oct. 13-19 in South Carolina. The S.C. Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to take the opportunity to learn about our state’s seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes. A highlight of the week will be the Great Southeast ShakeOut on Oct. 17 at 10:17 in the morning.

More than 1.6 million participants from South Carolina and other Southeastern states are expected to be part of The Great ShakeOut. In South Carolina alone, 236,000 people have registered for the earthquake drill. At 10:17 a.m., emergency officials will send out information about an earthquake on weather radio and other means, and they encourage people to practice what they would do if the ground started shaking.

South Carolina has reason to take note of the drill. ...

The Orangeburg Region in particular should be aware of quakes.

The Bowman area is considered a central point for potential earthquake activity. The town is situated on the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone which, along with the Ravenel-Adams Run-Hollywood area near Charleston, experiences about 70 percent of the earthquake activity in the state, according to the S.C. Emergency Management Division.

And the region has been no stranger to quakes. ...

Local officials say they are as prepared as they can be for a quake, with rescue teams and emergency responders being trained regularly on structural collapse and emergency response. Thursday is your individual opportunity at preparedness.

The Great ShakeOut drill is open to everyone in South Carolina. To register, go to shakeout.org/southeast. Be sure to include the total number of people taking part in the drill with you.

— The (Orangeburg)
Times and Democrat

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