Tag: Great California ShakeOut Drill

Great ShakeOut Reminds Us To Prepare

Big Bear, CA, October, 17, 2014 – Yesterday at 10:16 a.m., over 665,000 people in San Bernardino County participated in the Great California ShakeOut by practicing DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON. The old advice of getting in a doorway during an earthquake is no longer valid. Doorways are no stronger than any other part of the structure, so it’s best to get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. Experts agree that the greatest risk of injury comes from those items around you that may fall or be thrown during an earthquake. San Bernardino County is home to the San Andreas Fault, which has the potential to produce a ‘Great Earthquake’ measuring 8.0 or larger, so being prepared is key. Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows or tall furniture that could fall on you. Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each persons bed. Bolt or brace water heaters, gas appliances, bookcases, TVs, and other large furniture directly to wall studs. Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sleep or sit. Install strong latches on cabinets and learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home. Finally, keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit,...

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It’s Time for a Quake-up Call!

Big Bear City, CA, October 14, 2013 – If planning for an earthquake is still on your list of things to do, let the Great California ShakeOut Drill be your wake-up call. Over 9 million Californians have registered at www.ShakeOut.org/california to practice the annual “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill on October 17 at 10:17 a.m. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take now to increase your chances of surviving and recovering from a major earthquake. Check for hazards in your home Fasten shelves securely to walls. Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves. Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches. Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit. Brace overhead light fixtures. Plan now for what to do during an earthquake Practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Identify safe spots in every room, such as under sturdy desks and tables, against an inside wall, and away from glass that could shatter around windows, mirrors, pictures, or where heavy bookcases or other heavy furniture could fall over. Standing inside a doorway is no longer recommended. Learn how to protect yourself no matter where you are when an earthquake strikes — at work, on the road, etc. Stay inside. The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking is to try to leave the building...

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