California has more than its share of earthquakes, which can happen without warning. In fact, it’s estimated that roughly two to three earthquakes occur in California every year that are big enough to cause moderate damage. Because of this, the Great California Shake-Out, an annual statewide earthquake drill, is held every October to help spread awareness of the importance of earthquake safety. This year’s Shake-Out occured at 10:21 AM on October 21st.
Earthquake Safety Tips
Being in an earthquake can be scary, but it’s important that you follow these critical safety tips. Doing so can help to save your life and the lives of your family:
- Drop to the ground as soon as you feel shaking. That will help protect you from being knocked down or injured by falling debris.
- Take cover underneath a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall. Try to stay away from windows, fireplaces, and anything that could fall on you.
- Hold on to your furniture or cover until the shaking stops. This will help prevent you from being tossed around and injured.
- Stay away from windows and exterior walls if you’re in a high-rise building. elevators are also not safe during an earthquake, so take the stairs instead.
- If you’re outdoors, move away from buildings, power lines, and trees. Try to find an open area where you can drop to the ground.
- If you’re in a car, stop in a safe location away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Avoid overpasses and bridges, as they could collapse.
Teach Your Family About Earthquake Safety
Be sure to talk to your family about earthquake safety tips. Practice dropping, covering, and holding with them, so everyone knows what to do. The upcoming Great California Shake-Out is the perfect time to do so. Have a plan for how you will communicate with each other in the event of an earthquake, as cell phone service may be spotty.