The “Great ShakeOut” Prepares You For The Big Earthquake

By 965koit on October 19, 2017

If you grew up in California then you remember “Earthquake Drills” where you and your classmates would shelter in place under your desk. Today is a nation wide version of that called the “Great ShakeOut.” It’s to prepare everyone in case the big one hits our state. Collectively at 10:19 today there will be several classrooms and office buildings that will be acting as thought a 7.8 earthquake has hit. That includes “drop, cover & hold” which means getting under a sturdy piece of furniture while on the ground covering your head with your hands. 

Following the drill the Red Cross, Police, Fire fighters and more will be also running their own earthquake response drills. They will practice setting up emergency locations with medical facilities and feeding operations. It’s been a long time since we have had a big earthquake in California and scientists aren’t expecting that to be the case for much longer. 

Here is a quick video showing you what you should do during an earthquake. Getting under the doorway isn’t good advice anymore. 

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