Employees Participate in 2016 Great California ShakeOut
Just when you thought the earth stopped shaking and your mind stopped aching, an “earthquake swarm,” with nearly one hundred recorded events above magnitude 2 shook the Salton Sea area of California in the past few weeks.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, if a 7.8 quake happened in Los Angeles tomorrow, the effect would be catastrophic. Estimates are that close to 2,000 people would die and 50,000 would be injured.
Every year, we participate in the Great California ShakeOut to ensure our employees know what to do during an earthquake. On October 20, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. I’ll be joining millions of other Californians in practicing the Drop, Cover and Hold On technique, and so should you.
Safety experts agree that Drop, Cover and Hold On is the most effective method to help prevent injury or death during an earthquake.
Moving during an earthquake increases your chances of falling, and can hinder your ability to crawl. If you can’t find cover immediately, use your hands to cover your head and neck to protect yourself from falling debris.
The Great California ShakeOut is also a reminder to review and update your emergency preparedness plans and supplies, both at work and at home.
Earthquakes are unpredictable; sometimes there are none and sometimes many at once. Although our warning technology has advanced, we still need to stay vigilant and prepared.