It seems like the type of drill more likely to happen in California: But your kids may take time today to prepare for an earthquake.
For the second time, people will participate in an earthquake drill called "The Great Central U.S. Shake Out."
In April 2010, every school in St. Joseph County took part in the Great Shake Out ... it was the largest earthquake drill ever held in the midwest.
Today, St. Joseph Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross, Indiana's Department of Homeland Security want businesses and the community to participate as well.
This year's event commemorates the bicentennial of the 1812 New Madrid earthquake that shook the middle of the country. The idea is to educate people on what to do in the event of an earthquake.
"You can't get life back. Buildings we can rebuild. Property we can rebuild it is expensive and it is costly but it goes back to what you said if you lose one life that is one life too many that we could have prevented it," says St. Joseph County Emergency Manager Bill Zimmerman.
Zimmerman says, the most important thing to remember when there is an earthquake is: Drop, cover and hold on.
The last earthquake to happen near here, was just 2 1/2 weeks ago. That was on Jan. 26 near Howe, Ind. It measured at a 3.0 magnitude and was felt as far away as Detroit.
Before that, we know an 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook the area on Dec. 30, 2010. The epicenter was in Howard County and it was felt in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The largest earthquake ever to rattle Indiana was in 1909. That earthquake was measured at a 5.1 magnitude and the epicenter was around Terre Haute.
According to Homefacts.com there is a 28 percent chance of a 5.0 magnitude earthquake within 50 kilometers of South Bend within the next 50 years.
The drill is taking place across the midwest at 10:15 this morning ... but if your business or organization wants to participate, you can do it at anytime.