Great ShakeOut rumbles through Bay Area Oct. 18
Original post made on Oct 17, 2012
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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.
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.
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?