Duck, Cover and Prepare in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

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Great California Shakeout

Long Beach residents and businesses will participate in the 2013 Great Shakeout October 17.

If an earthquake took place tomorrow, would you know what to do? Join millions of Californians in the Great California ShakeOut at 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2013 to learn and practice quake-safe actions that could save your life.

The California ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill in the United States, with over 9 million Californians expected to participate this year. The City of Long Beach is encouraging all residents, businesses, schools and visitors to join in the annual earthquake drill.

“Participating in the Great ShakeOut drill is a great way for your family or company think about a plan on how to prepare for big earthquakes,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This annual drill reminds us that we should all be ready no matter where you are when an earthquake hits — at home, school or at work.”

Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. They can occur at any time of the year, day or night. Long Beach and Los Angeles County are at moderate to very high risk of earthquakes. Though earthquakes cannot be predicted, there are steps you can take to prepare your home and family for an earthquake.

Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

At 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2013 millions of people in government offices, homes, businesses, schools, and public places throughout California will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during a simulated drill of what we would do during a real, significant earthquake. The Long Beach Civic Center is participating in the drill.

Practicing earthquake plans and creating earthquake kits are critical steps in preparing for the difficult conditions that will occur with a major earthquake. Basic services such as electricity, water, gas or sewage treatment may be cut off for an extended period of time. Most experts will tell you to prepare to be self-sustaining for a minimum of five to seven days after a major earthquake. Store enough food and water for each per person in your home for five to seven days. Do not forget to include items for your family members with special needs (seniors, infants, etc). Remember to include food and water for your pets as well.

The Great California ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance. Simulating what would happen in a major earthquake is an invaluable opportunity for us to better understand how disaster of this magnitude could affect our homes and loved ones. Please participate in the Great ShakeOut.

For  information on earthquake preparedness, visit

Let all of California know you participated in the ShakeOut by registering on the Great California ShakeOut website,

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