FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: WEEK OF OCT. 12TH - GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Shake It Out!

October 11, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The 2015 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 A.M., participate in the “Drop, Cover and Hold” safety action.

At the first signs of an earthquake: DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!).  COVER your head and neck with your arms and hands, or by getting under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture if available. HOLD on to your cover to prevent it from moving away from you during the shaking.    

Do not attempt to run outside or stand in a doorway during an earthquake. Running during an earthquake may cause injury

Now is the time to prepare your homes and work places for a major earthquake. Look over your home, classrooms, office or work areas to identify potential items that may fall over during an earthquake. Move heavy or large items to the floor or low shelves. Move things that can fall on you away from where you spend a lot of time. Move heavy or unstable objects away from doors and escape routes.

Preparing now will help save lives, and will help you cope after the next earthquake. Because it’s coming!

For more information on the shakeout visit: http://www.shakeout.org/california/ And on steps to Prepare, Survive, and Recover from an earthquake: www.earthquakecountry.org

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna