MISSOURI — More than 440,000 Missourians will participate in a national earthquake drill known as “The Great Shakeout” today.

Drills will be held simultaneously in communities across the country at exactly 10:19 this morning. The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the annual project.
FEMA says at least 40 states have some potential for earthquakes, including Missouri. It has the New Madrid Fault running through the boot heel portion of the state. The drill teaches people what they need to do if there is an earthquake.

Experts say the best way to protect yourself is to:

– Drop to your hands and knees, and get under a desk if possible
– Cover your head and neck with your hands and arms
– Hold on until the shaking stops