You don't want to be the only one at work that is prepared to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" for 60 seconds on October 17 at 10:17 a.m. for the Great California ShakeOut.
So find out from your company or place of business if your organization is already registered to participate. If not, take it upon yourself to get permission and sign up your co-workers, the entire staff, or make it a company-wide drill.
At the website www.shakeout.org, click on "Register Here!" and select the category for business.
Everyone at work should know:
□ The date and time -- October 17 at 10:17 a.m.
□ How to correctly perform Drop, Cover, and Hold On, wherever they are.
□ The boss's expectations for their participation, such as gathering at a central location for a head count and post-drill discussions.
□ Download realistic sound effects and safety information to play during your drill by downloading recordings from www.shakeout.org/resources.
DURING the drill:
1. Via the public announcement (PA) system, email, cell phone/text message, or verbal direction, announce that the earthquake drill has begun and to "Drop, Cover and Hold On." You can play the audio recording on your PA or play it on a computer in each office.
2. After at least one minute, announce that the shaking is over and that employees can stand up again. Thank them for participating.
3. Encourage employees to discuss their experiences with one another.
AFTER the drill:
1. Share feedback on how the drill went.
2. Complete the post-ShakeOut survey on www.shakeout.org.
4. Share photos and stories at www.shakeout.org.
5. Review “7 Steps to an Earthquake Resilient Business” for additional ideas on earthquake preparedness, available at www.earthquakecountry.org/roots.