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The Great ShakeOut - October 19, 2017

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Post Date:10/11/2017 10:00 AM

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America's PrepareAthon!

Bill Reilly, OES Emergency Services Coordinator for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, explains why this event is important:

"It is not if but when the next earthquake will occur. Living in the Bay Area, we all know that there are a number of major earthquake faults and the Great ShakeOut is an opportunity to remind everyone what to do and how to prepare for the next earthquake."

In MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:
Great ShakeOut 1
 
 DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

Great ShakeOut 2

 
 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 to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

 

 

 

Great ShakeOut 3

 
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

For more information, go to www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon.

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