Posted: Oct 20, 2013 5:04 PM by MTN News - Helena
Updated: Oct 20, 2013 8:54 PM
HELENA - On Wednesday, October 23rd, at 10:23 a.m., thousands of people will participate in the Great Rocky Mountain ShakeOut as part of an earthquake-preparedness exercise.
More than 87,000 people are registered for the state-wide drill which teaches them how to take cover until the one-minute scenario is over.
Paul Spengler, the Lewis & Clark County disaster and emergency services coordinator, says, "The drill is important because we are trying to teach adults the proper response to an earthquake and that's to drop, duck, cover and hold, and not to run outside."
He explained, "Two men ran outdoors in Helena on October 18th, 1935; it was a 6.3 earthquake and they paid for it with their lives because the buildings they ran out of, fell outside and the facade fell on them and they were killed with an avalanche of bricks."
Participants include schools, state and local government agencies, and businesses.