10th Annual Great ShakeOut Prepares Pasadena for Earthquake Emergency

Published : Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 4:46 AM

Drop, cover and hold on is what all Pasadena residents are encouraged to do Thursday for the Great ShakeOut.

The annual event, which started in 2008 by the U.S. Geological Survey to help California residents better prepare for earthquakes, has become a nationwide practice.

City of Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian said all city employees have been asked to drop, cover and hold on at 10:18 a.m. this Thursday for the emergency earthquake drill.

“We are asking them to take this opportunity to check their disaster plans, supplies and communications,” Derderian said. “Also, to make sure they ask questions at their kid’s schools about the plans they have in place.”

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, if an earthquake begins is best to avoid exterior walls and windows, and if outside, move to a clear open area, always avoiding power lines and trees.

Furthermore, the U.S. Geological Survey warns if driving a vehicle during an earthquake, immediately pull to the side of the road and put the car in park with the emergency brake on, and never shelter the vehicle under a bridge or an overpass.

“Knowing what to do when the ground shakes should be instinctive for everyone who lives in California,” Glen Pomeroy, chief executive officer of the California Earthquake Authority, said in a press release. “This simple drill will save lives the next time California is hit by a powerful earthquake.”

Derderian agrees.

“We encourage all businesses, schools and homeowners to go to Shakeout.org and read and understand how to prepare, respond to and recover from a large earthquake that is inevitable,” she said.

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