More than 10 million Californians will drop, cover and hold during the Great ShakeOut
More than 10 million Californians will drop, cover and hold on Thursday morning during the state’s annual Great ShakeOut.
The event, now in its ninth year, aims to shake up awareness for proper earthquake preparedness, from immediate reactions to a quake to how best to recover from a major trembler, according to a release from Great ShakeOut. As part of the ShakeOut, millions will take cover at 10:20 a.m. and stay sheltered for one minute.
Around 7 million Southern Californians, including 3.5 million in Los Angeles County, will practice their response to a potential quake, and another 50 million people will take part in earthquake drills around the country.
“ShakeOut encourages cross-sector, whole community conversation and action about earthquake preparedness, inspiring people to make better decisions for how they can prepare to survive and recover,” said Global ShakeOut Coordinator Mark Benthien in a release.
Events for the state’s largest earthquake drill are planned in schools, businesses and communities around Southern California -
• The City of Los Angeles will host its own preparedness day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s office, 19040 Vanowen St., Room 130, in Reseda.
• The 2016 Kinecta Safety Day will take place from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., at Kinecta Federal Credit Union, 2100 Park Place, El Segundo.
• Cal State San Bernardino geology professor Joan Fryxell will lead a hike to a section of the San Andreas fault, where earthquake aficionados can stand on the fault for the 10:20 a.m. drill.
• Fullerton College will hold a 30-minute drill starting at 10:20 a.m. All students will evacuate their classrooms, and campus staff will set mock triage stations for injured people.