ANAHEIM, CA — Following FEMA’s “National Preparedness Month” in September, individuals and communities throughout California will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the International ShakeOut Day is set for Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. During the self-led drill, participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the safe response to an earthquake is to:
- 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.
- 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.
The recent earthquakes in Ridgecrest, which began with Magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 quakes, caused significant local damage and service disruption. This subjected local residents to weeks of strong aftershocks. These and other recent earthquakes serve as reminders that large earthquakes can occur with little to no warning. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant, make a plan, have a preparedness kit and practice earthquake safety with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.
For more information, visit www.anaheim.net/prepare.
The Great ShakeOut is coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and dozens of other partners. ShakeOut is coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.