At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2009, millions of Californians will participate in the largest earthquake drill
ever! The purpose of the ShakeOut is to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school, and home.
We all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and also practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. While the potential earthquake hazards you will experience depend upon your location, everywhere in California is considered at high risk compared to the rest of the country. Visit the Great California ShakeOut
to read more and to register.
“September is National Preparedness Month and is a time for individuals and families to prepare for all potential hazards, including earthquakes. In California, Preparedness Month will be followed with an earthquake drill in October to test our readiness–it’s called the Great California ShakeOut,” added Matthew Bettenhausen, California Emergency Management Agency Acting Secretary.“ So act now to secure contents in your home or office so they won’t fall, organize your emergency supplies, and update your family emergency plan. Then on October 15 practice Drop, Cover and Hold On.”Drop, Cover and Hold On is the recommended procedure in an earthquake. People should quickly get under a heavy table or desk to avoid being hit by falling objects–or get on the ground next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms. People can learn what to do, no matter where they are when the earthquake strikes, at ww.dropcoverholdon.org
. Regional information, such as details about earthquake hazards, lists of participants, and much more can be accessed using a clickable California map on http://www.shakeout.org/
All areas of California have experienced earthquakes in the past and there are hundreds of faults throughout the state that can have large earthquakes. A 2008 report (www.scec.org/ucerf
) estimates that there is a 50% chance of a magnitude 7.5 or greater earthquake somewhere in California anytime in the next 30 years. While some areas are less likely than others to have such earthquakes, residents in those areas may visit more active areas. So everyone should know what to do during strong shaking.