The Great Shakeout

It’s that time of year again. September is National Preparedness Month, and the recent Presidential Proclamation encourages “all Americans to visit or to learn more about the risks facing their communities, find out what they can do to prepare, and join thousands of individuals from coast to coast by becoming a member of the National Preparedness Coalition.”

We also want to encourage our customers to sign up to participate in the Great ShakeOut on October 18, 2012. Participating areas across North America The Great ShakeOutinclude British Columbia, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.

The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill helps people in homes, schools, and organizations practice how to be safe during big earthquakes, and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. As of today, there are over 12.2 million people that have been registered to participate in ShakeOut drills in 2012, including over 7.8 million people, on October 18th.

How to get started:

  1. Register your business to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.
  2. Plan your drill using one of the sample drills provided.
  3. Utilize the free resources such as downloadable Audio and Video “Drill Broadcast” recordings that have been created to provide instructions during your drill (Video versions have text captions).
  4. Plan a post-drill discussion to reveal lessons learned and procedures to be implemented for potential emergencies.

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