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Expect to Hear ‘Big Voice’ During Earthquake Drill Tomorrow

By ARLnow.com

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 11:35am  ET

Expect to hear some strange sounds coming from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall tomorrow (Thursday).

The base will be participating in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a regional earthquake drill that’s to take place at 10:18 a.m. In addition to asking those on the base to “drop, cover and hold on,” JBM-HH will be testing its “Big Voice” public address system, which may be heard outside the base.

From a press release:

The ShakeOut is a regional earthquake drill in which participants simultaneously practice the recommended action during an earthquake. This action is known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”, which means to:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD-ON to it until the shaking stops

In support of the great shakeout earthquake operation JBM-HH will conduct a test of the giant voice public address system. The test will be conducted on both the Fort McNair and Fort Myer/Henderson Hall portion of JBM-HH at 11 a.m. Residents on and immediately outside the installation can expect to hear the test.