Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Oregonians can join them today by registering for the 2014 Great Oregon ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.
Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill?
A major earthquake could happen in Southeast Eugene at any time. You could be anywhere when it strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down–or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond. Do this drill with your family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers.
What to Do
- Download Audio and Video “Drill Broadcast” recordings that have been created to provide instructions during your drill (Video versions have text captions).
- Gather your family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers together and begin the drill.
- While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?
- Finally, practice what your community will do after the shaking stops.
A great extra step is to practice how to communicate with family, friends, and co-workers. Texting first before making phone calls is highly recommended. Learn more from ShakeOut partner Safe America Foundation and their “Text First. Talk Second.” campaign, including how to hold a texting drill.
Great Shakeout Resources for Your Drill
- Audio and Video recordings with instructions and earthquake sound effects to play during your Drop, Cover, Hold On drill.
- Resources for K-12 teachers to help students understand earthquakes and how engineering helps us prepare to survive them.
- Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (including situations when you cannot get beneath a table (PDF | RTF)
- Key Earthquake Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (2 pages) (PDF | RTF)