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Get ready to pretend to feel the Earth move.

The annual ShakeOut earthquake drill is set for Thursday.

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is a worldwide earthquake safety movement involving 17.1 million people throughout 2020. Most participate in ShakeOut by registering to practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” and many do much more, said Keith Acree, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

The drill can be completed together in-person or at home via videoconferencing. Registered participants will learn how to be prepared for earthquakes at their organizations, schools, agencies, businesses or family home.

ShakeOut is the world’s largest earthquake drill.

An actual earthquake hit the state in early August, so drill participation isn’t a waste of time, organizers said.

“Make a difference by motivating others to participate and be prepared,” Acree said.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants are adapting their ShakeOut activities through videoconferencing, choosing staggered or alternative dates and following local health and safety guidelines. Visit ShakeOut.org to register and find out more information.

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