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Drop, Cover and Hold On for the Great California ShakeOut

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 in Community News

Get ready to rock, California. Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation will join more than nine million expected participants in the Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever.

On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m., organizations throughout the state will practice how to be safer during a major earthquake.

“This drill gives us an opportunity to practice the best quake-safe action: drop, cover and hold on,” says Deborah Tauscher, Mills-Peninsula’s emergency preparedness coordinator.

Many people are unaware that the best practice advice for earthquake safety has changed over the years, she said. “Some responses we learned years ago are outdated and dangerous – for example, standing in a doorway or running.”

Earthquakes may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl, and if you do start moving around, you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects. Remember, that the best response is to drop, cover and hold on.

The Great California ShakeOut website features information about how to participate in the drill and other resources for earthquake safety. You don’t have to be located in California to join the Oct. 18 drill.