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Drop, Cover, Hold On – Earthquake Drill 10-16

Coming to a building near you, or perhaps the buidling YOU work in! 

On Thursday, October 16, at 10:16AM, millions of people worldwide will participate in the 2014 Great California ShakeOut where they will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”.  The intent of the ShakeOut is to give everyone a chance to practice earthquake response, how to immediately protect ourselves in the event of a major earthquake, and to become more prepared.

In our building in SF, we got this email:

Participating in this earthquake drill is voluntary, but we are hoping that this event and drill will encourage earthquake preparedness, awareness, and participation by our tenantsTenants who choose to participate, upon hearing the announcement, will then immediately “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and should stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.  After several minutes, another announcement will be delivered stating that the earthquake drill is over.  Your office may even choose to take things one step further by exercising other aspects of your office’s emergency plan if you wish.

More than twenty years have passed since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  Major earthquakes can happen anywhere in California so the goal of this drill is to practice immediate response to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

For more information regarding the ShakeOut, please visit http://www.shakeout.org/california/

If you would like to learn MORE about Disaster Preparedness, checkthese links on Community Emergency Response Teams — CERT: