Are you preparing your group for the Great Shakeout? Today is the day - @ 10:17 on 10/17 almost 19 Million pretend there's a major earthquake as part of an initiative started in California and now spread to be an International Event. @ 10:17 Today... The day of your drill:
    1. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes!
    2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?
    3. Finally, practice what your community will do after the shaking stops.
    4. Get your Earthquake and Disaster Readiness Supplies
Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or your family travel. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.ShakeOut   What we do now, before a real earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after.
    • Do a "hazard hunt" for items that might fall in your home, school or working environment during earthquakes and secure them. Do an inspection for non-structural items (bookshelves, equipment, etc.) tha t might fall and cause possible injuries. Move or secure these items to provide a safer environment.
    • Create a personal or family disaster-preparedness plan.
      • Plan for your family's specific needs (seniors, disabled, children, pets).
      • Teach all household members how to use a fire extinguisher.
    • If you are a business or organization, develop, review and/or exercise your
    • continuity plan to identify and practice organizational responsibilities.
    • Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits. Be prepared for the possibility that you, your family or those in your school or work place may need to remain in place for 2-3 days.
      • Store at least 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per person, per day
      • What other supplies might you need if transportation routes were blocked and you needed to remain in the same place for an extended length of time?
      • Organize and refresh your emergency equipment – fire extinguishers, first aid, flashlights, food, crank radios, satellite phones, generators, fuel; make sure everyone in your family or work place know the location and how to utilize supplies.
      • What else would you need to be on your own for up to 2 weeks?
      • What would you need if you are in your car or office when the earthquake strikes?
    • Consider whether earthquake insurance is right for you.
      • Create a game where everyone responds to a signal by practicing Drop Cover and Hold On. Talk to children about what to expect during and after an earthquake.The-Great-Shake-Out
  • Contact your local Emergency Program to learn more about how to take care of yourself and your family when you are “on your own” after a disaster.