Shake Out, Dont Freak Out

Big Bear, Ca, October 20, 2010, 5:00pm – Join KBHR on Thursday October 21st at 10:00am and 10:21 for the largest earthquake drill in California, the Great California Shakeout.  Millions of people will be participating statewide in the drill, including all of the schools, and fire agencies in the Big Bear Valley.  Fire agencies remind you to duck, cover and hold in the case of an earthquake.  DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. DO NOT try to run to another room just to get under a table.  The following is what not to do. DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead! DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table. Join KBHR on Thursday October 21st at either 10:00 or 10:21 to participate in the Great California Shakeout, and don’t forget to Duck, Cover and Hold.

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