Author: Brooke Federico - EMD/Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Categories: Uncategorized, Children, Earthquakes, Events
Event date: 10/19/2017 - 10/20/2017 Export event
The Great ShakeOut is upon us. On Oct. 19, at exactly 10:19 a.m., residents, visitors, business personnel, and students throughout California will assume the drop, cover and hold on position to simulate an actual response to an earthquake.
Practice makes habit
The Shakeout is a time to practice the correct way to respond to ground shaking. There are many myths and mistruths regarding how to protect yourself during an earthquake. The ShakeOut teaches the right way to do it.
Step 1: Drop wherever you are and curl up. If you don’t drop, the shaking will drop you.
Step 2: Take cover under a table, if it is available. If no cover is available, curl up and cover your head with your hands.
Step 3: Hold on to your cover and move with it.
Several departments have activities planned, including the use of “drop, cover, hold on.” There is still time to create a drill within your department or agency. Resources for the drill, including audio clips and shaking, can be found at Shakeout.org/california/.
Just a few weeks ago, two major earthquakes occurred in Mexico causing catastrophic damage. With more than 2.3 million people living in Riverside County, a major earthquake will undoubtedly cause devastation. While the timing of earthquakes is unpredictable, we can – and must – prepare for them.
The Great ShakeOut is not just any earthquake drill. This is big – the largest preparedness event in world history. Inspire your family, neighbors and community members to practice earthquake preparedness. For more information or to pledge your participation, visit Shakeout.org/california/.
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