Thursday is the Great California Shakeout. Each day I’ll have an earthquake related post to help prepare for the inevitable big one that is coming.
Drop, Cover, and Hold On! It is the safest action to take during ground shaking. There are 3 steps:
DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the building. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table–you are more likely to be injured if you try to move around during strong shaking.
These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as listed on www.dropcoverholdon.org. The main point is: Immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Do not move to another location. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately! More information is at www.ShakeOut.org/dropcoverholdon.