Participate in the Great California ShakeOut
10/15/15 10:15AM - 10:30AM
A 2008 study forecast a 99.7% chance of an earthquake the size of the Northridge Earthquake or larger occurring any time during the next 30 years.
The Great California ShakeOut organization will help prepare Californians for the next major earthquake by providing the “ShakeOut Drill” on Thursday, Oct. 15, that not only reminds residents of the impending danger, but also provides guidance to preparation for and survival from the effects of a major shake.
It is recommended that at 10:15 a.m. on that day, everyone should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in that position for at least 60 seconds. The drill is a reminder that, for survival, each person must learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
The Earthquake Country Alliance has adopted “Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety” that everyone should do before, during, and after an earthquake:
- Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
- Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
- Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
- Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
During and after the next big earthquake experts advise:
- Drop, Cover, and Hold On when the earth shakes. Try to do this under a sturdy table or desk.
- Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
- Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community
It’s easy to slip into forgetfulness as the memory of the damage and heartache that prevailed in past major earthquakes gets lost in the tasks of daily living. Organizations, such as The Great California ShakeOut and the Earthquake Country Alliance, remind people of the inevitability of a major California quake occurring in the next few years and the steps that can help ameliorate the resulting damage.
At 10:15 a.m. Oct. 15, the Alhambra community is urged to Drop, Cover, and Hold On and to consult the following Web sites to better prepare for the next actual shake:
The Great California ShakeOut: http://www.shakeout.org/california/ faq.
The Earthquake Country Alliance: http://www.earthquakecountry.info/ roots/seven_steps.html.