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.
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."
- 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
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.