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The Great ShakeOut 2018

Drop, Cover, and Hold!

The City of Glendale will participate in the Great ShakeOut on October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of ShakeOut, which began in southern California in 2008. Millions of people worldwide will participate in the Great ShakeOut and you should too!

It’s easy to get involved in the Great ShakeOut: Just Drop, Cover, and Hold! These three simple steps can save lives and reduce the risk of injury. Everyone, everywhere, should learn and practice what to do during an earthquake, whether at home, work, school or traveling.

In MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand:

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter

  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)

  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until shaking stops:

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts

  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

It’s important to know what you can do during an earthquake in different situations. For Example:

In bed: Do not get out of bed. Lie face down to protect vital organs, and Cover your head and neck with a pillow, keeping your arms as close to your head as possible, while you Hold On to your head and neck with both hands until shaking stops. You are less likely to be injured by fallen and broken objects by staying where you are.

In a store: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Getting next to a shopping cart, beneath clothing racks, or within the first level of warehouse racks may provide extra protection.

In a stadium or theater: Drop to the ground in front of your seat or lean over as much as possible, then Cover your head with your arms (as best as possible), and Hold On to your neck with both hands until shaking stops. Then walk out slowly, watching for anything that could fall during aftershocks.

For Persons with disabilities

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