The 5th annual ShakeOut drill teaches people what to do and how to be safe during an earthquake.
Emergency management experts agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.
- DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down)
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops. (Read a complete guide of earthquake safety actions here.)
During Thursday’s Great ShakeOut, more than 9.2 million people in California will simultaneously “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”
This means that wherever you are at 10:18 a.m. —at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.
The City of Palmdale’s Public Safety and Community Relations staff will be taking part in the Shakeout. City officials are asking all residents to take part, as well.
Sign up for free to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill at www.shakeout.org/california/register
To practice what to do and be ready, view the video below: