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Expect to Hear ‘Big Voice’ During Earthquake Drill Tomorrow

by ARLnow.com — October 17, 2012 at 11:35 am 2,210 13 Comments

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.

  • Neighbor

    Sounds like “the talk” my mom gave me.

    • drax

      Drop, cover, and always use protection?

      • Neighbor

        “So you’re saying that the chicken wanted to get to the other side of the road?”

        • drax

          Yes, I am – but the question is, why?

  • BigDODo

    Will it sound like God or Zeus?

    • YTK

      Zounds! Do we even KNOW what Zeus sounds like? How can we compare the two?

      Funny but before I left home today I put something on a shelf and noticed it was balanced somewhat precariously but I cavalierly said “hahaha– I hope we don’t have another earthquake becuz if we do this thing will be on the floor in a heartbeat.” and then I closed the door and left.

      Please do excuse my rambling …….

      • speonjosh

        I love it when people work “cavalier” into a sentence.

    • Charlton Heston

      It will sound like me.

  • Bored desk jockey

    I hear them making announcements all day long many days, when I work from home.

  • Jim Moron

    Hard to imagine they’d have time to make an announcement during an earthquake…

    • speonjosh

      Or that anyone would be able to pay attention.

      It’s a bit silly.

  • Doubter

    Earthquake drill? Whattt? What are the chances of an EARTHQUAKE occurring here? That’s just silly.

  • Kitty

    Did anyone hear the “Big Voice”?

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