Like many of you, I have spent the majority of my life living near the New Madrid Fault Line. While our region has not experienced a major quake in a couple of centuries, we do feel a tremor every now and then to remind us that someday there will be another major earthquake right here in the Heartland.
Twenty-two years ago, Dr. Iben Browning (see photo) boldly predicted that the New Madrid fault was due for a major earthquake. He even called the day it would happen. Disaster kits were readied. People all over the central United States got prepared and then...nothing.
With the advancements that have been made in the last two decades we still cannot predict an earthquake, but scientists tell us that a damaging earthquake could strike the central U.S. at anytime. It would be great to know exactly when "The Big One" will occur but we all know Mother Nature doesn't work that way. So, the next best option to plan for the inevitable is to stage "The Big One". And that's exactly what will happen this Thursday at 10:15 in the morning.
They call it the Great Central U.S. Shakeout. Almost 2.5 million people, businesses, and organizations across nine states have registered to participate. Because far too few of us take the threat of a major earthquake seriously, we believe everyone, registered or not, should take some time this Thursday to get informed and get prepared. Being ready for a disaster that never comes is far better than the alternative.
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