February is earthquake preparedness month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, wants you to be prepared. Earthquakes can happen anywhere and at any time, and for forecasters, earthquakes tend to be the hardest to predict. The US Geological Survey estimates that 500,000 earthquakes happen in the world each year, with Illinois experiencing 13 of them since September of 2017.
Most injuries occur during an earthquake from falling debris, so IEMA encourages you to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." If you are ever involved in an earthquake, drop down to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or furniture, and hold on to the object until the shaking ends. There will be a National earthquake that takes place in October. You can preregister now for the event at www.shakeout.org. You can learn more about preparing your home for an earthquake at www.ready.illinois.gov.