ShakeOut Earthquake Drill 2018

The Great California ShakeOut 2018

Author: Scott Milner
Date: 10/4/2018 1:43:45 PM

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to prepare and practice for an earthquake: "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

California is at higher risk of earthquakes compared to the rest of the country. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.

What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

The Great California ShakeOut has been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries. ShakeOut is also a reminder for Californians to be prepared financially, such as by exploring earthquake insurance. The not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority offers earthquake insurance throughout California for homeowners, renters, mobilehome owners and condo-unit owners.


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Between now and October 18:

Consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes your area. Plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to protect yourself and then recover quickly.

Talk to other people about what they have done, and encourage them to join you in getting more prepared.

On October 18th at 10:18 a.m.:

Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes! 

While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?

What we do now, before the earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after. 

Do a "hazard hunt" for items that might fall in your home during earthquakes and secure them.

Create a personal or family disaster-preparedness plan.

Plan for your family's specific needs (seniors, disabled, children, pets).

Teach all household members how to use a fire extinguisher.

Create wallet cards for each family member with essential contact information.

Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits.

Store at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for 3 days and ideally for 2 weeks.

What else would you need to be on your own for up to 2 weeks?

What would you need if you are in your car or office when the earthquake strikes?

Identify your building's weaknesses. Ask a local earthquake retrofitting contractor for a free structural inspection of your home or building. Also, review your insurance coverage, whether home-owner or renter. Consider whether earthquake insurance is right for you by talking to your agent.

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