Superintendent’s Memo #237-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 7, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Ready Virginia Earthquake Drill

Virginia has joined four other states and the District of Columbia to form the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a simultaneous earthquake drill planned for October 18, 2012, at 10:18 a.m.  Information and registration about this event can be found at or at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s (VDEM) Web site at

Schools are encouraged to participate in this event to promote earthquake safety awareness. It is up to each school division to determine how they conduct the drill. To promote this event, VDEM has prepared the attached Ready Virginia flier. This flier, as well as additional graphics and other resources, can be found by clicking on the resource tab at

For additional information, please contact Ms. Laura L. Southard, public outreach coordinator with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, at (804) 897-9732.



  1. Get Ready to Shake Out (Word)