The Great California ShakeOut is happening today.

California: Get Ready for the Great California ShakeOut happening on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 10:18am PT. Many states across the United States have signed up to participate in the Great California ShakeOut

Organizers for Thursday’s Great ShakeOut Drill are saying that this is the biggest Great ShakeOut Drill ever with many schools, hospitals, banks, and other organizations signed up to practice the survival technique known as, “Drop, Cover and Hold On” starting at 10:18am in each time zone.

During last year’s Great ShakeOut Drill, more than 12.5 million people were registered worldwide.

This earthquake drill is to help you, your family, and friends get prepared for the next big earthquake.
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* Before an earthquake, remember to do the following: *

* Fasten down objects or furniture that may move around during an earthquake.

* Have a First Aid/ Emergency Survival Kit Ready.

*** Personal First Aid/ Emergency Disaster Survival Kit- Supplies You Should Have Ready: ***

– Medications, prescription list, copies of medical cards, doctor’s name and contact information

– Medical consent forms for dependents.
– First aid kit and handbook.
– Examination gloves (Non-latex).
– Dust mask.
– Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution.
– Bottled water.
– Whistle (To alert rescuers to your location).
– Sturdy shoes.
– Emergency cash.
– Road maps.
– List of emergency out-of-area contact phone numbers.
– Snack foods, high in water and calories.
– Working flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs, or light sticks.
– Personal hygiene supplies.
– Comfort items such as games, crayons, writing materials, teddy bears.
– Toiletries and special provisions you need for yourself and others in your family including elderly, disabled, small children, and animals.
– Copies of personal identification (Driver’s license, work ID card, etc.).

*** Household First Aid/ Emergency Disaster Survival Kit- Supplies You Should Have Ready: ***

– Water (Minimum one gallon a day for each person).
– Wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies.
– Work gloves and protective goggles.
– Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, and other uses.
– Portable radio with extra batteries (or hand crank for charging).
– Additional flashlights or light sticks.
– Waterproof Matches or Lighter.
– Canned and packaged foods.
– Charcoal or gas grill for outdoor cooking and matches if needed.
– Cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
– Pet food and pet restraints.
– Comfortable, warm clothing including extra socks.
– Blankets or sleeping bags, and perhaps even a tent.
– Copies of vital documents such as insurance policies.

*** Remember to use and replace perishable items like water, food, medications, and batteries on a yearly basis. ***

* Map out where are all the gas, water, and electrical boxes are located so after an earthquake, you can shut of those items.

* Practice your own Earthquake Drill at Home, Work, School, Church, and Public Area. The more you, your family, and friends practice you, the more likely you will survive.

* Practice the, “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”.

– DROP to the ground (Before the earthquake drops you!),

– Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table,

And

– HOLD ON to it firmly until the shaking stops.

Here are some more safety tips on what to do in an earthquake:
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* So what happens when you feel an earthquake, what do you do? Here is what to do: *

* If You’re Indoors (Such As At: Home, Office, School, Church, and So On):

“Drop, Cover, and Hold On”:

Drop to the floor, Take cover under a sturdy desk or table, And Hold on to it firmly.

If you are not near a desk or table, drop to the floor against the interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.

Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. During an earthquake, things can fall off of walls, shelves, or topple over and if you’re in the way of those falling and topple items, you can get hurt.

Never run outside during an earthquake as possible building debris may fall on top of you.

* If You’re In Bed:

Hold on and stay there,

Protecting your head with a pillow.

You are less likely to be injured staying where you are.

Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.

* In You’re Inside A High-Rise Building:

“Drop, Cover, and Hold On”:

Avoid windows and other hazards.

Do not use elevators.

Do not be surprised if sprinkler systems or fire alarms activate.

* If You’re Outdoors:

Move to a clear area if you can safely do so.

Avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.

* If You’re Driving:

Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake.

Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards.

Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.

If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

* If You’re At A Stadium or Theater:

Stay at your seat and protect your head and neck with your arms.

Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over.

Then walk out slowly watching for anything that could fall in the aftershocks.

* If You’re Near The Shoreline or Beach:

“Drop, Cover, and Hold On”:

Until the shaking stops.

Estimate how long the shaking lasts.

If severe shaking lasts 20 seconds or more, immediately evacuate to high ground as a tsunami might have been generated by the earthquake.

Move inland 3 kilometers (2 miles) or to land that is at least 30 meters (100 feet) above sea level immediately.

Don’t wait for officials to issue a warning.

Walk quickly, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris and other hazards.

Do Not Push or Shove Other People When Heading to High Ground.

* If You’re Below A Dam:

Dams can fail during a major earthquake.

Catastrophic failure is unlikely, but if you live downstream from a dam, you should know flood-zone information and have prepared an evacuation plan.
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* So what should I do after an earthquake? Here is what to do: *

* Make sure that it’s safe to move around and the shaking has stopped.

* Remember that there will be aftershocks so be ready to move to safety and stay away from things that may fall on top of you.

* Bring out you flashlight if the power goes out. Do Not Use Candles.

* Make sure you have on shoes as you make your way around so you don’t get cut on broken glass.

* If the power is out, feel your way around slowly.

* Never take the elevator during or after an earthquake. Please use the stairs.

* Have a battery or hand crank radio to hear important news information.

* Shut off all gas, water, and electrical lines to prevent leaks and/or fires.

* If you are able to call on a telephone, use it only if it’s an emergency as many will be trying to reach emergency services for help.

* Remember: 911 Should Only Be Used For Emergencies. (Fires, Gas Leaks, A Person Bleeding to Death, and Such)

* If phone lines are busy or down, use Social Networking Websites such as Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, and MySpace as well as email to contact family and/or friends.
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For more information, Please go to the Great California ShakeOut Website at:

http://www.shakeout.org/

Great California ShakeOut on Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/GreatShakeOut

Great California ShakeOut on Twitter at:

http://twitter.com/#!/shakeout
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