The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill is just a week away! This is a great opportunity to practice what to do during an earthquake and get prepared. Even if tremors are rare where you live, it’s important to practice because they can happen anywhere unexpectedly.
More than 20 million people, schools, organizations, and businesses worldwide have already signed up to participate on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM local time. Visit the ShakeOut website for information about how universities, government agencies, and other organizations can participate. The website also shows how many people in each state or country will be practicing how to Drop, Cover and Hold On. This important protective action can save lives and prevent injury.
Example of How to Drop, Cover, and Hold On
During an earthquake, you should immediately DROP down onto your hands and knees so the earthquake doesn’t knock you down, COVER your head and neck with your arms to protect yourself from falling debris, and HOLD ON to any sturdy covering so you can move with it until the shaking stops.
If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On, please follow these recommended guidelines.