California (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
The ability to survive and recover from a major earthquake will depend on the amount of planning each Californian does in advance— would you know how to contact a loved one after the next quake strikes?
Plan to be safe (Step Two of the “Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety”) by communicating with your family and neighbors now about what to do during and immediately following an earthquake. “The Great ShakeOut,” scheduled for October 17 at 10:17 a.m. provides an opportunity to review essential plans and preparations, which should be a part of everyone’s life in earthquake country.
The Great ShakeOut is four weeks away and 8.3 million Californians and have already registered at http://www.ShakeOut.org to practice the annual “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill.
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency. FEMA and the American Red Cross offer great suggestions for planning for disasters. Here are aspects to consider when planning for earthquakes:
For more about how to plan to be safe, go to EarthquakeCountry.org/step2.
The Earthquake Country Alliance, a partnership of California science, emergency management, preparedness and many other types of organizations, has created “The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety” (EarthquakeCountry.org/sevensteps) to help people prepare to survive and recover after the next damaging earthquake.
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are coordinated worldwide by the Southern California Earthquake Center with a broad network of local ShakeOut coordinators, with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey. The Great California ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, which includes California Office of Emergency Services, U.S. Geological Survey, California Earthquake Authority, American Red Cross, and many other organizations.
Extensive information is available for the public and media at the ShakeOut and Earthquake Country Alliance websites. Join the conversation with the Great California ShakeOut on Facebook and Twitter.