Mark your calendars. On October 20, 2011 at 10:20 a.m. Californians will participate in the largest earthquake drill to date. 7.5 million Californians are currently registered, representing businesses, government agencies, neighborhoods, schools and individuals- basically any community in which you might find yourself when the “big one” may strike. Here at how do I prepare, we stress the need to become prepared. Studies and reviews of past quakes strongly demonstrate that preparedness is key to surviving a quake, minimizing injuries and allowing for quicker recovery.
“The best way to instinctively and immediately do the right thing when the shaking begins is to practice,” according to Mark Benthien, Communications Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California. We all know the value of practice when developing a skill. Few of us have had to even consider survival a skill but responsiveness is a very real skill- the cost of not developing this skill may not allow second chances.
For yourself, your family and your community please take a minute and visit www.ShakeOut.org . This comprehensive site offers resources, registration and guidelines for preparing yourself as part of a larger campaign to ensure the safely of all.
Take the earthquake safety quizzes and interactive games available on our web page. Practice them with your family and friends and become prepared today. Take a moment to look at your calendar. Where will you be at 10:20 a.m. on October 20? Where will your family be? This drill gives you a real time and date. An earthquake will not.
“Our goal,” says Benthien, “is to ensure that everyone has a plan — and, after the fact, a survival story!”
We at how do I prepare could not have said it better. Please take a moment and access the site above, register and prepare. Your participation ensures the safety of us all.