At 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2023, millions of people will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill ever! All colleges and universities are encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a more extensive exercise). Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community. Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? To respond quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.
Seven Steps of Earthquake Safety
There are seven steps to earthquake safety, learn more about each step at https://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/
- Secure your Space
- Create an Emergency Plan
- Organize emergency supplies
- Organize important documents
- Survive and Recover:
- Drop, Cover and Hold on
- Evacuate if necessary and help others
- Reconnect and Restore daily life
- Earthquake Preparedness Checklist
- What emergency supplies do I need for an earthquake?
- Learn what you can do to prepare for an earthquake… before, during, and after.
- Earthquake preparedness information and resources in Spanish
- Emergency Preparedness Matters! Take Steps to Ensure 72-Hour Readiness
- American Red Cross SoCal Region 24-hour emergency assistance: #855-891-7325.
- Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Access and Functional Needs (AFN)
- MyHazards: Tool to discover hazards in your area and steps to reduce personal risk
- Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) for Public Education and Preparedness
- FEMA Earthquake Disaster Response and Recovery
- FEMA Building Science Resource Library for Earthquakes
- Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters
- Pet disaster preparedness
- Recovering from an earthquake
- 10 Ways to Survive an Earthquake, According to Experts