The ground may not actually shake at 10:18 a.m., on Thursday, but the Bellevue Office of Emergency Management wants you to "drop, cover, and hold on" as though it were as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill.
As part of the ShakeOut, people are encouraged not only to participate in the drill, but to take at least one additional step to ready themselves and their families for earthquakes:
- Secure your home. Use wall straps and museum putty to secure valuables and stabilize tall furniture.
- Emergency kit. Use a weatherproof container (such as a plastic garbage can) to store supplies, including a radio, flashlights, canned food and first-aid supplies.
- Establish an out-of-state emergency contact. During earthquakes, phone lines go down or get jammed because everyone is trying to dial. Calling long-distance is usually easier, and an out-of-state contact can relay information to others in your area.
Major earthquakes may happen at any time, anywhere you work, live or travel in Washington. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice together how to protect ourselves and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to save lives and prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
More information on earthquake safety and the ShakeOut drill is available at www.bellevuewa.gov/emergency_preparedness.htm, www.facebook.com/BellevueOEM and www.shakeout.org.
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