The seventh annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

October 12, 2014

The seventh annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are set to take place on October 16th at 10:16 a.m. Started in California in 2008, the drills now have over 20 million registered participants worldwide. These drills are aimed at teaching people how to prepare, survive and recover from a big earthquake. Register today so that you, your family, or your co-workers will be better prepared to survive and quickly recover from our next big earthquake.

With the San Andreas Fault running pretty much right through Woodside, a large magnitude earthquake is not a question of “if”, but “when”. To be more capable of handling this potential disaster, COWs should join the other 108,399 registered drill participants in San Mateo County. Over half of these participants are K-12 schools and districts which will be practicing the Drop, Cover, and Hold On procedure. This protocol stresses the fact that earthquakes happen without warning, and you need to be able to immediately protect yourself wherever you are.

Studies of earthquake related injuries and deaths in the U.S. over the last several decades suggest that you’re more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects than to be killed in a building collapse. Drop, Cover, and Hold on provides the best level of protection in most situations. The Great California Shakeout is based on a scenario involving a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A natural disaster of this size would make running dangerous and walking or even crawling very difficult, which is why experts advise moving as little as possible when finding suitable cover.

At precisely 10:16 a.m. on October 16th the Shakeout drill urges you Drop, Cover, and Hold on to whatever you can wherever you are and hold this position for at least 60 seconds. Along with the emergency drill it is recommended that you prepare your home by securing large potentially hazardous objects. Last year in a Town COWncil meeting, it was estimated that it could take ten days or more to restore electrical power to Woodside after a major outage. Because of the possible blackout it is advised to store food, water, and medical supplies in your home or workplace.

More information on emergency safety is available on the Woodside Fire Protection District’s website. Also serving the Woodside Fire Protection district is the CERPP, (Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program) a group of fellow COWs keen on responding to major emergencies in and around Woodside. If you would like to know more about earthquake preparedness and recovery go here.

Safety first!

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