The Great California ShakeOut

Living in California, many of us may have experienced one or more earthquakes. They can strike at any time – while you are at home, at work, at school or out running errands. The Great California ShakeOut is a state-wide earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m. on October 20 that gives everyone an opportunity to practice ways to be safe during an earthquake. It is also a reminder to review and update your emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your belongings to prevent damage and injuries. Join the City of Goleta in participating in the Great California ShakeOut and register today. On October 20 at 10:20 a.m., everyone is encouraged to drop, cover and hold on, as if there were a major earthquake. Go on, get your family, co-workers or classmates to register with you. For more information please visit

Earthquake Country Alliance suggests following these steps to prepare for, and recover from, the next big earthquake:

Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing movable items.
Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property and considering insurance.

Step 5: Drop, cover and hold on when the earth shakes.
Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
Step 7: Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.