There is an infamous 800 mile long crack otherwise known as the San Andreas Fault that travels along the state from the Salton Sea in the south, to Cape Mendocino in the north.
Although earthquakes occur daily in California, many go unnoticed. While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others, all of California is at greater risk compared to the rest of the country.
Shake Out Scenario:
You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.
It is not a matter of if the “big one” will occur, but when.
The Great California ShakeOut is happening this Thursday, October 20th at 10:20am.
Essentially a statewide earthquake drill, the ShakeOut serves as an annual reminder for all Californians to practice how to prepare and be safe during big earthquakes by remembering to “Drop, Cover and Hold On!”
The ShakeOut was organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to practice, review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies (see last month’s National Preparedness Month post), and to secure your space in order to reduce damage and injuries during an earthquake.
As residents of California, what we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake.
Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?
For more earthquake preparedness information resources, please visit http://www.earthquakecountry.org/.