With a series of tremors and aftershocks recently hitting Southern California, earthquake preparedness may be fresh on the minds of California residents. According to reports, the Los Angeles area hasn’t experienced an earthquake in excess of 5 magnitude since 1997, and it’s been 20 years since a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Northridge, CA where 57 people lost their lives. Earthquakes can strike anywhere at any time. That’s why preparedness is vital.
Throughout the year individual states provide opportunities to do statewide drills. One upcoming opportunity is the Great Utah Shakeout scheduled for April 17. You can join over 750,000 people planning to participate in the Drop, Cover and Hold On earthquake drill. This is part of the national Great ShakeOut initiative which provides a focused time every October for millions worldwide to practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills. The Great ShakeOut is also a national supporter of America’s PrepareAthon! and will be featured as one of the campaign’s fall hazard activities later this year!
Looking for additional steps you can take before, during and after an earthquake to protect your family and property? Visit www.ready.gov/earthquakes. Some of these steps have also been outlined below.
Before an Earthquake:
· Fasten shelves and bookcases securely to a wall;
· Brace top heavy objects; and
· Hold earthquake drills with your family: Drop, Cover and Hold On.
During an Earthquake:
· Drop to the ground; Take Cover; Hold On;
· Minimize your movements to a few steps; and
· Stay inside until the shaking stops.
After an Earthquake:
· When the shaking stops, look around to be sure it’s safe to move;
· Look for and extinguish small fires which are a common hazard;
· Go to a designated shelter. Text SHELTER + your ZIP CODE to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter.
Take your earthquake preparedness to the next level with Beat the Quake, an interactive game from the Earthquake Country Alliance. It’s fun for the entire family!