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Palo Altans prepare for massive earthquake drill

Great California ShakeOut is the 'largest earthquake drill in U.S. history,' FEMA says

More than 8.5 million Californians will be refilling emergency kits, ducking under tables or standing in doorways as they participate in the largest earthquake drill the world has ever seen this morning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said.

The Great California ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance and "continues to grow as the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history," FEMA said.

"Californians have a strong tradition of practicing earthquake safety and have set a great example for the rest of us about how to prepare for disasters," FEMA Regional Administrator Nancy Ward said.

"The ShakeOut drill is a great way to get you ready for emergencies and connect with those who are also at risk for an earthquake."

More than 1.3 million Bay Area residents are expected to participate in the drill at 10:20 a.m., including private businesses, school districts and city offices. People can register to participate at www.Shakeout.org.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Becky Sanders
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Annie, our boss over here at the Media Center sounded the alarm and everyone went under their desk. We waited for one minute and then moved to the nearest exit.

An excellent lesson that I learned is that tall folks can't fit under their desks so easily... plan B? Move to a doorway with no obstructions that might fall on you...and what if you're like me with all kinds of useless stuff stored under your desk... time to clear it out... good to think about these kinds of things in advance.


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Posted by Ronna Devincenzi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Among other city volunteers, particular recognition must be given to Midtown's Annette Ashton & Sherie Furman, for drawing public attention to the important issue of Emergency Preparation.

PAPD Officer Ken Dueker is consistent in raising public awareness of being prepared and in training citizens and groups.

Living in California, it is only prudent to be prepared. We never know when it will be the real thing, like in 1989.

Preparation and being in communication with one another - city, county and state agencies, is key. Thank you for reporting on this drill! I hope more people participated! And am glad the Media Center was among those that did! Congratulations to all!


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Posted by 3.9
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Just a coincidence that there was a 3.9 earthquake in the east bay this afternoon?


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