'Great California Shakeout' Teaches Earthquake Safety
Oct. 4--APPLE VALLEY -- The 12th annual Great California ShakeOut will help prepare Californians to practice their earthquake safety skills that include "Drop, Cover, and Hold On."
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The statewide event scheduled for Oct. 17 will see students, seniors, employees, military personnel and others across the state practice for the next big earthquake or natural disaster.
Started in Southern California in 2008 by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is expected to draw more than 17 million participants nationwide this year.
During last year's ShakeOut, nearly 13,000 students and staff members in the Apple Valley Unified School District responded to a hypothetical magnitude-6.8 earthquake that closed the Cajon Pass, cut off utilities, damaged property and caused injuries across the district.
The simulated earthquake scenario was handled by the AVUSD's Education Support Center personnel on Navajo Road, who radioed each school to determine how the feigned temblor affected each campus.
As of Thursday, there were 125 K-12 schools and districts registered for the 2019 California ShakeOut in San Bernardino County, with a total of 409,671 participants.
Last year, 10.3 million people in California and 1.4 million in Southern California signed up to participate in the ShakeOut.
During an earthquake, residents should:
DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.
* If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
* If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
* Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs
HOLD ON until shaking stops.
* Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
* No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands
Most people in the High Desert and Inland Southern California live less than 10 miles from a fault that can have a damaging earthquake and a large part of the population lives along the most potentially damaging fault of all -- the infamous San Andreas. It slices through the region and has the potential to produce a devastating earthquake. Nearby faults such as the San Jacinto fault create smaller, yet more frequent earthquakes, according to the ShakeOut website.
For resources, more information or to participate in the Great California ShakeOut, visit https://www.shakeout.org/california/
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