Mahoning County will shake, rattle and roll on Oct. 17

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County will participate in a regional earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17.

Named “The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut,” it is being billed as the region’s largest ever earthquake drill.

The slogan will be “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” and participants will be asked to drop to the floor, take cover under a study table or desk, if possible, to protect their heads and necks, and hold on until the shaking stops.

The drill was announced by Dennis O’Hara, a planner at the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency, during this morning’s county commissioners’ meeting. O’Hara said it was the first time he knew of for such a drill to be conducted in Mahoning County.

The drill will occur during the commissioners’ next meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the county courthouse basement on the day of the two-minute exercise.

The Shakeout is being coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Individuals, families, businesses, schools, colleges and government agencies are invited to participate.

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