The Great ShakeOut drill is coming Thursday (Oct.15) — giving residents of West Hollywood an opportunity to prepare for the inevitable and devastating earthquake.
The event will take place at 10:15 a.m. Those who want to participate can register online to receive information on how to plan their drill and engage others.
You’ll learn how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” to protect yourself during an earthquake. And you’ll also learn how to create your emergency plan and stock up on emergency supplies.
Earthquake Warning California is coordinating a statewide test to coincide with ShakeOut. People who have downloaded the MyShake app to their phone will receive a test warning around 10:15 a.m. on Thursday with guidance to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. More information about that can be found online.
Great ShakeOut earthquake drillsin October 2019 involved more than 66 million participants. The drill is held every year on the third Thursday of October.
An announcement of the event says “a key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a ‘teachable moment’ on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.
“Not just any drill will accomplish this; it needs to be big. It must inspire communities to come together. It must involve children at school and parents at work, prompting conversations at home. It must allow every organization, city, etc., to make it their own event. We are all in this together.”