The Great ShakeOut: Protecting Yourself

A good start is to register yourself to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill.

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Consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes our valley. Plan what you will do now to protect yourself.

Protect Yourself

Your past experience in an earthquake may give you a false sense of safety: you didn’t do anything, or you ran outside, and you survived without injury. Or perhaps you got under your desk and others thought you overreacted. It’s likely you have never experienced the kind of shaking that is possible with the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that is predicted for the Coachella Valley.

Sudden and intense back and forth movement of several feet per second will cause the floor or the ground to jerk out from under you and every unsecured object around you could topple, fall or become airborne. This is why you must learn to immediately protect yourself at the first jolt.

Don’t wait to see if the earthquake shaking will be strong.

In most cases you will reduce your chance of injury if you:


DROP to the ground before the earthquake drops you.

Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table and

HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.