Delaware residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in the fifth annual Great American Shakeout earthquake drill at 10:19 a.m. Oct. 19 across the southeast U.S.

While earthquakes that can be felt in Delaware are rare, people remember the Aug. 23, 2011, magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia that was felt by an estimated 100 million people and caused about $150 million in damage and economic loss throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

During the self-led drill, participants practice how to drop, cover and hold on. For most people, in most situations, the recommended earthquake safety action is to drop onto hands and knees; cover head and neck with one arm and hand, crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk; and hold on to shelter with one hand until shaking stops, remain on knees and cover head and neck with other arm and hand.

The Shakeout is free and open to the public. Participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies and other groups.

To register,