Did you practice your drop-cover-hold skills during the International Shake Out Earthquake Drill? My family did and as usual, we had fun and learned lessons.
In our practice, we follow the drill suggestions on the Oregon Shake Out website. On 10/20/22, at 10:20 am, we started the drill. We dropped to the floor, found the nearest place to cover ourselves (in our case, under our kitchen table), and then held on for a few minutes, as if waiting out a major shake. (You can practice this drill at any time.) While we waited, we looked around and imaged how an earthquake might create damage and hazards: what could drop off counters and shelves and off the walls. Making notes of these observations will help us better secure our house for a future earthquake.
After a few minutes (in a real earthquake, after the shaking stops), we practice our neighborhood ready drill, which includes going through the 9 steps to take after the disaster for an earthquake. I keep the list of the 9 steps in my under-bed-kit and also on the refrigerator to make it easy to find.
Preparing with neighbors makes you more resilient and increases everyone's chances of survival. Once you have taken care of your family, secured your house, its time to make sure that your neighbors are ok and secure the neighborhood. They will do the same for you, assuming your have met with them ahead of time in a Neighborhood Ready! meeting. (Hint, hint!) After an earthquake, you assemble at a predetermined place, form teams to check to make sure everybody is OK, check everybody's gas meters, and shut the gas meters off, if there is evidence of a leak.
Here's what we learned during our 2022 drill:
Lessons learned during our home check:
Karen Ronning-Hall, Disaster Preparedness Evangelist, living in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with hubby Bill, daughter Geneva, Bean dog, Thumper kitty, and Terry the turtle.