At 10:18 a.m. on October 18, 2018, millions of people will drop, cover and hold on in the largest earthquake drill ever: ShakeOut! International ShakeOut Day is organized to inspire us to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. What we do to prepare now, before the next big earthquake, will determine how well we can survive and recover. You can participate in ShakeOut anywhere you are: home, school, work or public spaces. Staff at the City of Goleta will be participating. Will you? Register and learn more at www.shakeout.org.
Here are some tips for what to do during an earthquake:
- Drop, cover and hold on. Drop to your knees, cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops. Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris.
- If in bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow. In advance of an earthquake, you should secure items such as televisions and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
- If inside, stay there until the shaking stops. Do not run outside.
- If in a vehicle, stop in a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses, or utility wires.