"Beat the Quake" is an online game you and children can play on www.shakeout.org to get ready for the Great California ShakeOut, when millions of Californians will "Drop, Cover and Hold On" on October 17 at 10:17 a.m.
If you haven't registered yet for the ShakeOut, visit the website and click on "Register Here!"
Beat the Quake is all about identifying hazards in your home, and this can be applied to office and classroom. After you play the game, look at the room you're in and identify the hazards, taking precautions to remove or secure items now.
One way to go about it is to get the family to go on a Hazard Hunt in your own environment.
Here's your safety checklist:
Are mirrors or pictures hung away from beds and chairs?
Are bookshelves fastened securely to the wall?
Are entertainment cabinets bolted to the wall and electronic equipment secure on the shelves and behind cabinet doors?
Are beds or chairs a safe distance from big windows?
Are there no heavy objects on shelves above beds or chairs?
Are cabinets or cupboards fastened to the wall? And are the doors locked shut?
Is the water heater secured to studs?
Taking time now to make sure you can answer yes to these questions will lesson your likelihood of injury during a quake.
Share the "Beat the Quake" game link with your friends and family members to help them get busy changing a thing or two in advance of the largest earthquake drill in the world.