Here’s how you can sign up for the 2018 Great Southeast ShakeOut

The Great SouthEast Shakeout is a regional opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes, according to shakeout.org.

They say most of the southeast is prone to earthquakes and they want everyone to be as prepared as possible.

On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m., millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

In 2017 in Virginia there were 1,043,889 participants, according to their website.

So far there are 694,238 participants in Virginia and more than 1.2 million in the Southeast registered this year.

To register for the Southeast Shakeout, click here.

For more information about the Great ShakeOut, click here.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.