Drop, Cover, & Hold On During the Great ShakeOut

The 2019 Great ShakeOut is October 17 at 10:17 a.m.! The Great ShakeOut is the world’s largest earthquake drill with people from all over the world practicing how to drop, cover, and hold on. It is organized to inspire people 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.

Register with friends, family, or co-workers to participate in the Great ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/california/register. You will receive information on how to prepare for earthquakes and what actions to take during and after the shaking, as well as other ShakeOut news and updates.

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.

Find out who is registered for the Great ShakeOut at ShakeOut.org/whoisparticipating. The City of Goleta is participating, will you?