Earthquakes in Japan have been in the news lately, but did you know that April is Earthquake Preparedness Month here in Illinois? You have probably heard the saying "Stop, Drop and Roll" for fire, but for earthquakes you are supposed to "Drop, Cover and Hold On". This slogan is a reminder to "Drop" down to the floor, take "Cover" under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture, and "Hold On" to the furniture item and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.Next Thursday, April 28 at 10:15 a.m. is the 2011 Shakeout Drill. You and your family can plan what you will do now to prepare, so that if you are ever in an earthquake you will be able to protect yourself and then recover quickly.
When you register to participate in the drill at www.shakeout.org/centralus you can receive additional information about the drill and earthquake preparedness. For example, you can find a link to play Beat the Quake. (I didn't do so well, but it was fun to play.)
Young children might enjoy reading Earthquakes by Mari Schuh.
Earthquakes: The Science Behind Seismic Shocks and Tsunamis is an interesting book for older children.