(VVNEWS.com)- Millions of people worldwide will practice The Great ShakeOut. It has grown from a Southern California event to a worldwide movement in just a matter of years.
The ShakeOut drill, which is scheduled to occur at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, centers around the Drop, Cover and Hold On actions: drop down to the ground, take cover under a table or other piece of heavy furniture and then hold on until the shaking stops.
The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill is a quick, easy way for people to practice steps that could save their lives.
The Southern California area “is highly susceptible to earthquakes and earthquake-related effects,” the website ShakeOut.org warns. “Numerous earthquake faults crisscross Southern California and no one within the area resides more than 10 miles from an active fault. In addition to damage caused directly by ground shaking and related ground failure, other hazards such as fires can easily start during and shortly after an earthquake.”
Californians should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following an earthquake or other major disaster, officials say. That includes having a first-aid kit, medications, food and enough water for each member of a household to drink one gallon per day for at least 72 hours, according to local and state officials.
To date, nearly 10 million people in California are registered for this year’s event.
Schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others can register to participate in the drill at www.shakeout.org/California
Registered participants will receive additional information about the drill and earthquake preparedness.
While the international drill will take place on Oct. 20, individual drills can be conducted anytime within two weeks of that date.
Additional information about the earthquake risk in California and steps to take before, during and after an earthquake is available at www.ready.gov/california