We’ve mentioned the Great California ShakeOut several times on the blog, but wanted to put out a friendly reminder now that it’s right around the corner. On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. Pacific time, over 8 million people will participate in an earthquake drill to practice how to safely duck, take cover, and hold on in the event of an earthquake.
With the ShakeOut just a few days away, here are a few reminders about the drill:
- You don’t need to be in California to participate - The recent earthquake on the East Coast shows that earthquakes can happen practically anytime, anywhere, even if you don’t live in California. So we’re encouraging everyone to take part in the ShakeOut and practice how to stay safe during an earthquake.
And be on the lookout for other ShakeOut drills happening soon, including the ones for the Central U.S. and Utah.
- There are many ways to engage your family, workplace or school in earthquake safety – Taking part in the ShakeOut is a great first step in knowing how to stay safe in the event of an earthquake. There are also steps you can take to prepare your business, home, or school BEFORE an quake strikes that may lessen the damage and help you recover faster. Ready.gov/earthquakes has information on getting prepared for an earthquake, and we encourage you to check it out.
The ShakeOut website has more details on how you can take part in earthquake safety – maybe it’s hosting an emergency preparedness fair, posting flyers around your workplace or school, or reviewing your family emergency plan on a regular basis.
- After the ShakeOut, share your story – Share your photos of how to “Duck, Cover, and Hold On”, or tell your friends/family/coworkers how you joined in the ShakeOut. The photos or stories you share may inspire someone else to get prepared for an emergency.
So join in at www.ShakeOut.org/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the ShakeOut. We look forward to seeing your story about how you got involved!