Drop. Cover. Hold On. Doing these three things could possibly save your life during an earthquake. That’s the message the Earthquake Country Alliance, the U.S. Geological Society and the Southern California Earthquake Center wants the public to know and why they’ve joined forces to create the annual “Great California ShakeOut” which takes place Oct. 17 at 10:17 am (local time).
The goal of the “ShakeOut” drill is to ensure Californians know what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
The “ShakeOut” began in Southern California in 2008 and has since spread to other states, notably Oregon and Washington. Last year, 10.3 million people participated in “The Great California ShakeOut” and this year’s 12th annual event is expected to draw more than 17 million people.
This past July, Southern California was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It was one of the biggest tremblors to hit the Golden State in nearly 20 years. Fortunately, there were no major injuries.
However, no one knows when the next “Big One” will strike, so “The Great California ShakeOut” drill is a great opportunity for schools, colleges, state organizations and businesses to participate in and learn how to prepare themselves.
According to shakeout.org, taking a tumble or being struck by falling/flying objects, such as TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc. are among the greatest hazards during an earthquake. Drop, Cover and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations. It’s recommended that people who are indoors during a temblor drop onto their hands and knees, take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
If you’re outdoors it’s best to hunker down in an open area away from power lines, trees or buildings. Drivers should pull over to the side of the road, set the parking break and remain in their vehicles.
Anyone in California can take part in “The Great California ShakeOut.” So, mark your calendars and spread the word to co-workers, neighbors and friends. Remember, don’t leave things to chance. Being prepared and having a plan is the best way to increase the odds for surviving a natural disaster like an Earthquake.
Here Are Some Additional Tips To Protect Yourself During An Earthquake:
- Do not run outside.
- If you are outdoors stay away from buildings and bridges.
- If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
- Do not get in a doorway.
- If there is no shelter, hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands until shaking stops.
If Using A Wheelchair Or Walker With A Seat:
- Make sure your wheels are locked. Remain seated until the shaking stops.
- Protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.
For more information regarding “The Great California ShakeOut,” visit https://www.shakeout.org/california.
You can sign up for free at www.shakeout.org/california/register to be counted in the ShakeOut drill. While there, you can also download the FEMA mobile app, and the Red Cross mobile app.
You can also visit www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps for additional information on how to protect and recover from an earthquake.