Earthquake Terror Drills

Title: National Guard Participates In Emergency Preparedness Drill At Port Of Catoosa
November 15, 2011
News On 6

Abstract: The Oklahoma National Guard along with soldiers from six other states is taking part in a disaster drill at the Port of Catoosa Tuesday morning.

The exercise, called Operation Sooner Response, centers around a scenario where domestic terrorists release chemical and biological weapons in the aftermath of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

At the Port of Catoosa, it's business as usual at the manufacturing facilities. But nearby, National Guard members are training for the out of the ordinary.

A group from the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 138th Security Force Squadron and Missouri Guard members are taking part in a drill combining earthquake response with a biological or chemical attack.

"Basically the scenario is during the earthquake the home grown terrorists saw this as an opportunity to go out and attack the city, so we're going around the city looking at buildings trying to find where their production facilities are," said Captain Theresa Wagner, Missouri National Guard.

The exercise is being held simultaneously at several other locations in Oklahoma with guard members from seven states.

"We say we never want to exchange business cards at an actual incident, so this allows us to get to know people, get to know capabilities. And work out any kinks we may have a training event so in the event of a real world deal we're not delaying support to the citizens of Oklahoma or whatever area we're responding to," said Major Greg Farr, Oklahoma National Guard.

The joint training is called "Operation Sooner Response." Since similar exercises are being held at several locations in Oklahoma, it's also good training for leaders at headquarters who are coordinating response over a large geographic area.

"It gives them an opportunity to see just how vast it is, to try to get your arms around a command and control and support that exercise over multiple days," Major Farr said.

In addition to training at the Port, exercises are also being held in Muskogee, Ponca City and Camp Gruber.

National Guard civil support teams from Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Georgia are also participating in the weeklong exercise in Muskogee and the Ponca City area (News On 6, 2011).

"Doomsday Attack" Drill At Port Of Catoosa Called A Success
Date: November 23, 2011

Abstract: The results are in and a five-day drill at the Port of Catoosa and several other northeastern Oklahoma locations appears to have been a success.

"Operation Sooner Response" was based on an attack by a "doomsday" cult following a 7.5 earthquake along the New Madrid Fault In Arkansas.

Civil support teams with the National Guard from seven states took part in the training event. They responded to a couple of pre-staged incidents.

Those events ranged from rescuing people from a collapsed structure to checking a suspected building for a planned terror attack involving chemical, biological or radiological threats.

Sergeant James Kindle is part of the 7th CST from Jefferson City, Missouri. He was among the first into a building with a biological threat.

"We went around the building and set up area rays, or monitors to test the air on what may come out once we went inside the building."

Captain Teresa Wagoner says this kind of training is very important to her team.

"Every training event that we go to, somebody stores a little bit of knowledge in their brain. Every exercise helps us prepare for a real-world event"
(KTUL News, 2011).

Title: Drop, Cover, And Hold On!
October 18, 2012

Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. This page explains what to do-- and what not to do.


Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.

These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as described in Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (PDF | RTF).

The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.

As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to shake, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as children do in school at least once each year.

What NOT to do:

DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake photo is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!

DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

DO NOT believe the so-called "triangle of life"! In recent years, an e-mail has circulated which has recommends potentially life threatening actions , and the source has been discredited by leading experts. Read our special report to learn more (, 2012)

Title: Earthquake Drill Begins Alongside Joint US-Israel Military Exercise
October 21, 2012
Jewish Press

All across Israel, the nationwide earthquake drill “Turning Point 6″ has begun. The drill simulates massive earthquakes ranging from 5.0 to 7.0 in magnitude, as well as a tsunami hitting Israel near Tel Aviv later in the afternoon.

Emergency services, television, radio and schools are participating in the simulation. The simulation will run over the next few days.

Simultaneously, the IDF and the US Army have begun performing a massive military exercise called “Austere Challenge 12″. This exercise is meant to simulate an air-based attack on Israel, and subsequently defending against it. This exercise will run for a month. Israel’s various missile-defense systems will be tested.

This is the largest joint exercise that has been held between Israel and the US, with 3500 soldiers participating (Jewish Press, 2012).