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Martinsburg VA Medical Center


VA Medical Center Participates in Nationwide Earthquake Preparedness Effort

October 12, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W Va. – Employees at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center will join more than 10 million individuals across the country by participating in the 2012 Great ShakeOut Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. The ShakeOut is an earthquake drill providing local communities, schools, businesses and organizations, throughout the State of West Virginia, an opportunity to practice how to stay safe during an earthquake and to practice the protective action of “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”


This essential drill, which can be conducted in as little as 90 seconds, serves as a reminder that earthquakes can occur at any time in any place; and knowing what to do in a disaster can make all the difference when seconds matter. 


Talk to your neighbors and encourage schools, businesses and other organizations to also participate in the 2012 Great ShakeOut. To learn how you can participate and be prepared for the next seismic event, visit



The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the Medical Center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, and Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.