On October 16th, the Shingletown Medical Center joined in with the 10.3 million people worldwide that practiced how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. In Shasta County over 4,600 people participated in this event.

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.

Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes around the world continue to advocate use of the international recognized “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table. The main point is to not try to move, but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be the start of the big one.

In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.

What NOT to do:

DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake photo is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the
only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!

DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

For more information and detailed instructions visit http://www.shakeout.org/california/index.html