Join the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills on Oct. 16

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!
The Great ShakeOut 2014
The Great ShakeOut encourages people around the world to join them on October 16 to practice the "drop, cover, hold on" drill.|Photo by City of Vancouver via Flickr

The Southern California Earthquake Center is set to hold their annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:16 on October 16.

As of 10/7/2014, 23,705,452 participants are registered in 2014 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills worldwide.

Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. So ShakeOut asks the question: Are you prepared to survive and to recover quickly?

Shakeout.org states:

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” ShakeOut also has been to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

The Huffington Post writes:

The Great ShakeOut was first held in California in 2008 and participation has since spread around the globe. In 2012, Japan, Canada, Italy and Guam planned to join the U.S. in the drill.

“Everyone everywhere should know how to protect themselves during an earthquake,” lead organizer Mark Benthien said.

This exercise with not only prepare civilians for earthquake, but also allows first responders to dust off their emergency response plans and transportation departments to practice slowing down trains in the event of real shaking.

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, government agencies, and others to participate in the Great ShakeOut, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share what you’re doing with others so they can do the same.

Go to Shakeout.org to learn register for the 2014 Great ShakeOut earthquake drill and to learn more about earthquake safety in your region.

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