Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills

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Wed, 11/28/2018 - 9:32am

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are annual opportunities to learn and practice earthquake safety with your community!  Know how to protect yourself during earthquakes, at home, work, or during travel.  It is only a one-minute commitment for something that can save your life.  Surviving and recovering from a major earthquake is not a matter of luck. It is a matter of being prepared and practicing how you’ll protect yourself and what you’ll do next.

Whenever you feel shaking, always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

·If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
·If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
·Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until shaking stops

·Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
·No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. However, do not try to move more than 5-7 feet before getting on the ground. Do not go outside during shaking!

For more information on how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On from The Earthquake Country Alliance, click on the video below. Additional information on earthquake safety is also available at the following website: https://www.earthquakecountry.org/step5/ . Additionally, visit http://www.ShakeOut.org/.