Welcome to the Great California ShakeOut countdown series on earthquake readiness.
Tonight at midnight, the October countdown begins for the world's largest earthquake drill in history. The Great California ShakeOut now has 8.7 million people signed up as of today to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" for 60 seconds on Thursday, October 17, at exactly 10:17 a.m.
For the next 17 days, join me here for easy steps you can take each day to get ready for a real earthquake. The drill prepares you for the real thing, so let's pretend it's happening. For your comments below during our countdown series, consider responding to the following question: What would you do to get ready if you knew that a real quake was coming on October 17 at 10:17 a.m? By sharing your thoughts with other readers here, we can generate a shock wave of earthquake preparedness.
“Don’t be left out of the ShakeOut,” says Mark Benthien, Director for Outreach, Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California, and Executive Director, Earthquake Country Alliance. “It’s amazing to see how quickly this has become a worldwide movement. ShakeOut is a fun and easy way for people, organizations and communities in many regions to get prepared now, together, before the next major earthquake.”
ShakeOut began as a Southern California drill in 2008 and has since grown to include drills in more than 40 states and U.S. Territories, along with participation in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, and many other countries. More than 20 million participants are expected to participate in 2013 (including 10 million in California) as part of the various ShakeOut drills.
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are coordinated worldwide by the Southern California Earthquake Center with a broad network of local ShakeOut coordinators, with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey. The Great California ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance, which includes California Office of Emergency Services, U.S. Geological Survey, California Earthquake Authority, American Red Cross, and many other organizations.
We'll start preparing on Examiner.com together on Day 1, October 1, by learning how www.shakeout.org can be your one-stop earthquake preparedness resource. Meanwhile, start sharing your responses to: "What would you do to get ready if you knew that a real quake was coming on October 17 at 10:17 a.m?"