Today the annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills will begin at 10:20am. It all started in California back in 2008 to raise awareness and make sure people are prepared. Now, ShakeOut drills are performed all around the world and have over 53.7 million participants worldwide. To check out the drills in your area go to the ShakeOut site and click on your region to get more information.
Earthquakes are dangerous. Unlike other disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods there is no prior warning where you have time to prepare with minimum notice. That’s why preparedness is vital. An earthquake can strike at any time with disastrous consequences so let’s prepare. Let’s learn what we can do before an earthquake, during an earthquake, and after an earthquake.
Drop, Cover, Hold On
This is the basics of what you should do when an earthquake strikes. Repeat it in your head and remember this “Drop, Cover, Hold On“.
DROP – when there’s an earthquake, immediately DROP to your hands and knees. This prevents you from being knocked over by the violent shaking as well as allow you to maneuver to safety under a sturdy table.
COVER – once under a sturdy table or desk, COVER your head an neck with one arm to protect the most vital parts of your body. If there’s no table or desk nearby, crawl next to an interior wall. Do not go near any wall with windows as they often shatter and can cause you harm.
HOLD ON – use your other hand to HOLD ON to the leg of the table so it won’t shake away from you during the earthquake and leave you exposed.
There are several organizations participating in the ShakeOut such as schools, government, businesses, hotels, senior facilities, neighborhood groups, animal shelters, and many more. To find out who is participating, click here. You can get more information on various drills and safety action guides on the Shakeout Resources page.
As with any disaster, preparation is key. Make sure you have an earthquake kit and make sure you learn about preparedness. ShakeOut is a great movement where it’s helping bring awareness and preparedness to millions of people all over the world. The sad truth is most of us aren’t prepared and don’t even know what to do in the event a major earthquake strikes. Remember, even though you don’t currently live in an earthquake zone you never know when you might be moving to or traveling to one. Even with the recent major earthquake in Italy a lot of tourists were trapped and injured.
Educate yourself and help educate others. I see ShakeOut growing bigger every year and hopefully you’ll be a part of it.