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Great ShakeOut rumbles through Bay Area Oct. 18

Original post made on Oct 17, 2012

There likely won't be any freeway closures, power outages or overturned supermarket shelves, but on Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m., wherever people are they will take cover as if an earthquake has struck.

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Posted by george
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

This one minute pretend event won't prepare you for an earthquake. It may even give you a false sense of security that you know what to do in an area wide disaster. But it's not only the first minute after a devastating shock one must survive. By preparing ahead of time you will be able to deal with the days and weeks of the aftermath for you and your family.

The only practical way to prepare for an earthquake is to join the City's Emergency Preparation program. You will learn to successfully cope when and after an earthquake occurs; such an event will happen - we just don't know when.

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Posted by Jan H.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

It sounds like a nice idea to commemorate an event that happened in 1989, but other than that, it is a pretty useless gesture.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

The main message of the Great Shakeout is "DROP, COVER and HOLD ON" - rather than trying to run to a doorway (which is not safer than any other part of the building), attempting to find the so called "triangle of life" (which is not of benefit in US built buildings) or trying to run outside. Ideally, while people would also reflect on their emergency plans and kits, the key message of the drill is Drop, Cover and Hold On.

The drill recognizes that in this era of short attention spans, it's hard to attract and sustain attention for disaster preparedness. 60 seconds may sound trivial, but how else can you raise awareness when we're competing with so many other causes and news issues?

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Posted by Caryll-Lynn
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Sue, thank you so much for this informative article. Gosh, "Drop,Cover & Hold" should come second nature to baby boomers. David my husband, who has 12yrs on me, says, a highlight of his youth (1950's) was practicing drop,cover & hold once a year in school. We have learned so many good lessons and practices in emergency response since we were youths. Our group on Midtown as prepared as we can be with supplies. But it does take maintenence and practice to be ready at a moments notice. Even,the night before the Great Shake Out, we found our two way radio and flashlight batteries needed to be charged. During the year we use some of our supplies for other drills, so water and snacks needed to be replaced. Plus, batteries, water and food can expire and need to be replaced. We also found during the excercise that some of our members couldn't recall their call signs for two way radio communications. But after a couple of transmissions, they found it was like riding a bike, their muscle memory took over and they completed our two way radio net test using the proper terms and call signs they had learned during our repeated training sessions over the years. Most of our neighbors who participated said, it was good to practice, #1-'knowing where their bug out bag(s)were at a moments notice, #2 -imagining how they would act and what steps they would take if sleeping in bed or at work and #3 being mindful to keep batteries charged. Our block knows all to well to expect the unexpected,9/13/11 our entire block of residents were evacuated after a 'chlorine gas explosion'. Whether, its an earthquake or some other emergency, we can be prepared...

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