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Get Ready to Drop, Cover and Hold On! The Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is October 15th 
On Thursday October 15, 2015 starting at 10:15 a.m., thousands of schools, workplaces, and other organizations throughout the central United States will participate in the annual Central U.S ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Will your organization join them?
For participating agencies, this means that wherever members, employees, or students  are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—they should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds. 
Businesses, schools, and government agencies are encouraged to register and have their employees practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On on the day of the ShakeOut. Organizations can also incorporate the ShakeOut into a more comprehensive emergency preparedness event or they may conduct the drill on a different day. The ShakeOut website has many ideas to help leaders and safety managers put together a useful and appropriate preparedness event.
To learn more or to register your organization, go to: 

The goal of the ShakeOut is to prepare everyone for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to help your employees, students, customers and others learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.   
Visit for tips on how to prepare, protect, and recover. 

The three most important steps to plan and practice are: 
1.       DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
2.       Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table 
3.       HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops
Earthquake preparedness steps include:
  • Identify safe places in each room of your home and workplace. A safe place could be under furniture, like a table or desk, or against an interior wall that is away from windows or items that could fall. 
  • Secure bookcases, shelves and other heavy items that could topple during an earthquake. 
  •  Make a disaster supply kit. 

Solon receives Cuyahoga County preparedness recognition

SOLON, Ohio – Solon has become the sixth community in Cuyahoga County to be certified with the Cuyahoga County ReadyCertified award.

Launched in fall 2013, the program is designed to assist communities in developing and operating their own emergency management programs.

To read the full article, click here.

Three Cuyahoga County Students Recognized In Annual Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

Every year during Severe Weather Awareness Week, regional National Weather Service offices hold a poster contest for students in grades 1 through 6. The purpose of the contest is to educate students and the public about the actions they can take to protect themselves and others before, during, and after severe weather occurs.

The winners were announced at the Ohio State Fair on August 8, 2015, and three regional winners were chosen from Cuyahoga County!

We would like to congratulate all of the winners statewide, and highlight the three local winners from Cuyahoga County:
  • Kayleigh, a 4th grader at St. Brendan School in North Olmsted
  • Xiomara, a 5th grader at St. Mark Catholic School in Cleveland
  • Giana, a 6th grader also at St. Brendan School in North Olmsted

Each regional winner receives a certificate from the National Weather Service and sling backpacks full of prizes from the offices and their partners that make up the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

To view the all of the winning posters, click here