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The American Red Cross' earthquake app is the first step for disaster preparedness.

The American Red Cross is urging Arkansans to take cover during a mock earthquake called the Great Central U.S. Shakeout, set for today (Feb. 7). The quake will happen at 10:15 a.m.

The public is encouraged to practice what to do in case of an earthquake and access their personal readiness.

While most Arkansans are familiar with tornado drills, including seeking shelter in the event of tornado warnings that frequent the state, earthquake drills are less familiar. 

With the potential, according to disaster experts, of a quake in Arkansas as strong as the 8.9 quake that devastated a large area of Japan in March 2011, Brigette Williams, Red Cross in Arkansas Communications Officer, said in a press release that Arkansans need to increase their awareness of what the aftermath of such a quake would mean.  Damage would be most severe in Arkansas and Tennessee, with Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky also experiencing tremors.

Find out more information about the mock earthquake here.

A quick and easy first step for preparedness is to download the free American Red Cross Earthquake App, available in English and Spanish. The app gives users access to real-time information so they know what to do before, during and after earthquakes.

Get more information about the app in an InArkansas post published last fall here.