You are invited to join millions of people worldwide who will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” on October 15th at 10:15 a.m. during the 2015 Great Washington ShakeOut!
More than 26.5 million people were registered in ShakeOut drills worldwide in 2014. Participating is an easy and fun way for your family and organization to become better prepared for earthquakes.
Visit the Great ShakeOut’s website to learn more about the drill and how you can participate.
What are the chances of an earthquake happening in Seattle?
Seattle has an 84% chance of experiencing a magnitude 6.8 or greater earthquake in the next 50 years, and a 14% chance of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake during that same time.
Knowing to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during an earthquake could help save your life. Practicing those three simple steps at home and in the workplace will ensure that when the ground starts shaking, you will be ready!
Visit Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) website to learn more about Seattle’s earthquake risk.
What else can you do to prepare?
“Drop, Cover and Hold On” is an important part of protecting yourself during an earthquake. There are a number of other steps you cantake to prepare BEFORE an earthquake happens. These include:
- Developing a family disaster plan
- Securing heavy furniture to walls to reduce the risk of injuries from falling objects
- Knowing how and when to shut off utilities after an earthquake
- Storing emergency food and drinking water
- Signing up online for the City’s new emergency alert and notification system – AlertSeattle: alert.seattle.gov
To learn more about what you can do to prepare yourself, your home, your family and your workplace, visit OEM’s website.
Public Outreach Section
Office of Emergency Management
City of Seattle | Seattle Police Department
105 5th Avenue South, Suite #300; Seattle, WA 98104