Over 92,000 Montanans to Participate in Statewide Earthquake Drill Today

Contact: Katie Gallagher, Governor’s Office of Community Service
For Immediate Release
October 23, 2013

Over 92,000 Montanans to Participate in Statewide Earthquake Drill Today

The geologic forces that created the Rocky Mountain peaks and valleys of Montana make the state seismically active, which means that a major earthquake may occur at any time. It is important that all Montanans know what to do when the ground begins to shake: drop, cover, and hold on.

This year, Montanans join over 24 million people from around the globe by taking part in a ShakeOut, a simple earthquake drill. On October 23, 2013 at 10:23AM over 92,000 Montanans will practice what to do in the event of an earthquake by participating in the 2013 Rocky Mountain ShakeOut, the first statewide earthquake drill.

Participants will take part in the drill where they work, recreate, and live. “The Rocky Mountain ShakeOut is a great way to prepare for this type of emergency,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “We are thrilled by the turnout for Montana’s first statewide earthquake drill. The participation shows that Montanans take our safety and the safety of our friends, family, coworkers and neighbors very seriously.”

According to State of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Administrator, Ed Tinsley, “Montana is one of the most seismically active states in the United States. The Rocky Mountain ShakeOut is an excellent opportunity for all Montanans to learn what to do in case of an earthquake: drop, cover, and hold on. Preparedness is the key and learning is the ultimate goal.”

The 2013 Rocky Mountain ShakeOut in Montana is supported by the following: Governor’s Office of Community Service, State of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, American Red Cross of Montana, and local partners across the state. At the national level, the drills are sponsored by the Earthquake Country Alliance whose members include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, and the United States Geological Survey.

Registration is still open and a list of participants is available. For more information on the 2013 Rocky Mountain ShakeOut and to learn how to register and participate, visit www.shakeout.org/rockymountain.


Katie Gallagher
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: 406-444-1718
Email: ready@mt.gov




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