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.
Plan for the types of disasters that can happen in the area where you live. You may need to plan for a snowstorm instead of a hurricane.
Budget emergency preparedness items as a “normal” expense. Even $20.00 a month can go a long way to helping you be ready. Buy one preparedness item each time you go to the grocery store.
Request preparedness items as gifts. We all receive gifts we don’t need or use. What if your friends and family members gave you gifts that could save your life? Don’t forget to protect them by sending preparedness gifts their way, too.
Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80-$100. Just one night of sacrifice could fund a 72-hour ready kit.
The Department of Homeland Security has tapped Salt Lake City as one of 62 urban areas facing the highest risk for a natural or man-made disaster.
The Deseret News reports that Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and emergency management director Cory Lyman urged Utahns to prepare in case the "Big One" ever hits the Wasatch Front. Their comments were given as part of a kick-off for National Preparedness Month in September.
"The threat is real here," Lyman said, urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families against the problems caused by a major earthquake. Prepare evacuation and communication plans, he said. Have a 72-hour kit filled with food, water, medication, clothing, vital records and other supplies that is easily accessible. Keep your car's gas tank full, and keep a "go kit" in the car.
Mitigate hazards inside your home by keeping heavy objects on lower shelves and securing bookcases, Lyman added. Keep vital records in a safe deposit box, and complete an inventory of your property and insurance, making sure property is covered for specific hazards.
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today joined with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate and the Ad Council to launch a new series of Ready Campaign public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to encourage all Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies, kicking off September's National Preparedness Month.
"Preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with the American people," said Secretary Napolitano. "These public service advertisements highlight the simple steps everyone can take to prepare for disasters, enhancing the safety and security of our country."
Below is one of the Ads from the AdCouncil's Youtube site:
Produced pro bono by advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt in conjunction with the Ad Council, the new Ready PSAs—produced for television, radio, print, outdoor and the Web—direct audiences to visit http://www.ready.gov/ to find national and local preparedness information and resources.
The Ready Campaign encourages Americans to take three simple steps to prepare for emergencies: (1) Put together an emergency supply kit; (2) Make a family emergency plan; and (3) Get informed about the types of emergencies that could take place in their communities and appropriate responses.
In addition to the national Ready PSAs launched today, New York City's new public service campaign— Ready New York —was also announced to encourage all New Yorkers to prepare for emergencies. The national Ready ads have also been localized for a number of other cities, including Austin, Texas, Atlanta, Chicago, Eugene, Ore., Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, and San Francisco—as well as the states of Utah and Virginia and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Initiated in 2003, the Ready Campaign is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all emergencies in order to raise the level of basic preparedness across the nation. In addition to outreach via traditional media, Ready also provides a series of social media tools to help Americans prepare for emergencies, including a downloadable family emergency plan, an interactive widget that provides users with updates on emergency situations, emergency kit checklists, and preparedness guidelines. To view the PSAs and for more information on the Ready Campaign, visit http://www.ready.gov/ or follow "ReadydotGov" on Twitter.