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Great Rocky Mountain ShakeOut Evacuation Drill

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It wasn't the typical day at the Capitol today as workers joined thousands of others around the world in an international earthquake drill, it turned from this, into this.

For the first time ever 93,000 people here in the State of Montana joined 24 million people from around the world in an earthquake drill this morning known as the Great Rocky Mountain ShakeOut.

"All the folks that you saw out here on the Capitol lawn just dropped covered and held on, which are earthquake safe actions that can help save your life in the event of an earthquake." says Katie Gallagher from the Governors Office of Public Service.

K-12 schools, hospitals, public health centers, colleges and universities, private businesses and all state agencies participated in this drill to prepare people in case of an earthquake.

"We had almost every state agency on the state capitol complex participate, the whole capitol building participated and evacuated, we also had Agriculture and Livestock, Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Public Health and Human Services. So almost every state agency participated in this drill."

Workers gathered here on the Capitol lawn to become familiar with the drill, even Governor Steve Bullock participated in the drill. Its important to know what to do in an earthquake especially here in Montana, because it is not about if an earthquake will strike here in Montana it's a matter of when.

"Montana is a seismically active state we have not had a major earthquake in Montana since the 1959 Hebgen Lake Quake down in Southwestern Montana, however we do, we are seismically active a major earthquake could occur at any time, and it is very important that Montanans know what to do."

This international earthquake drill started in California in 2008 and keeps growing now with nearly 25 million people. The Great Rocky Mountain ShakeOut web site has more information and manuals about what to do in the case of an earthquake.

Now although this was the first year for the drill they actually said it went very well today, they plan on doing the same drill every year from here on out.

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