Here's how to get the most out of the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill today at 10:17 a.m., when 9.4 million Californians are signed up to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" for 60 seconds.
It's not too late to register at www.shakeout.org by clicking on "Register Here!" to be part of the head count.
Set your cell phone alarm for 10:17 a.m. so you don't miss the drill. Generate enthusiasm at your workplace, talk it up with your children on the way to their school drills, and remind everyone you see about the drill time.
While you're under the table or desk for a full minute, hopefully listening to the ShakeOut sound effects you downloaded on the computer, experience just how long 60 seconds feels. Real, hard shaking might last even minutes more, with the item you're ducking under moving with you across the room.
If you can, snap a photo and write up a ShakeOut story to post on www.shakeout.org, where participants are invited to record their experiences.
Have a "Did you feel it?" aftermath discussion with those around you. There's nothing like the ShakeOut to generate discussions of past earthquakes, conversations about the level of readiness at work or home, and sharing experiences of drills carried out all over the state today.
Drill debriefings will take place all over the state, where participants will evaluate the efficiency of their plans and improve them for next year's drill, or the real thing, whichever comes first.
At night, tune in to the evening news to see the highlights of ShakeOut experiences all over California.
Be proud of yourself that today you were part of the largest earthquake drill in the world.