By Lori Dresner, News Editor

People worldwide took part in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on October 15 at 10:15 a.m. The goal of the annual event is to teach people appropriate action and preparedness during an earthquake. The University of Missouri—St. Louis Police Department sent a campus-wide email asking people to consider what they would do if they were experiencing an earthquake. They recommend that the best course of action is to look around, drop to the ground, take cover under something sturdy, cover oneself, and hold on. If it is not possible to get under something, one should stay low and protect their head and neck with their arms. Even after the earthquake has ended, aftershocks can occur with great frequency. More information on earthquake safety is available at Additionally, the American Red Cross has an earthquake notification app available for smartphones. It can be downloaded at