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News - October 15, 2021

Around Town

DROP, COVER, HOLD ON ... It's been nearly 32 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake violently shook the Bay Area on Oct. 17, 1989. The momentous event is a good reminder to get one's supplies in order and to practice safety drills such as the earthquake mantra "drop, cover and hold on," said Annette Glanckopf, co-chair of Palo Alto's Emergency Services Volunteers program. The Great California ShakeOut is on Oct. 21 as part of International ShakeOut Day, which occurs on the third Thursday of October. It's a chance to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure one's home, school and business to prevent damage and injuries. This year's event in Palo Alto includes a Get Ready to Shake Out photo and video contest sponsored by the city's Office of Emergency Services and Emergency Services Volunteers. Residents can win prizes for categories such as the best expression during an earthquake drill; the most creative, safe thing to do during an earthquake; best hazard hunt video or securing your devices; and best earthquake story (for adults only). Visit for more information. ShakeOut videos from city Emergency Services Director Ken Dueker and Police Chief Bob Jonsen can be found on the Palo Alto Neighborhoods organization's website,

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