[Nfbc-info] Fwd: Are you Ready to ShakeOut on October 19?

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From: "Xavier, Joe at DOR" <Joe.Xavier at dor.ca.gov>
Date: September 21, 2017 at 4:27:02 PM PDT
To: "Xavier, Joe at DOR" <Joe.Xavier at dor.ca.gov>
Subject: Are you Ready to ShakeOut on October 19?




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Are you Ready to ShakeOut?
The Great California ShakeOut is coming October 19th! 
Is your organization registered and are you ready to participate?
You could be in any location when an earthquake occurs.  Keep yourself safe by practicing a form of the Drop, Cover, and Hold On Drill appropriate for you and, if needed, for colleagues who may require assistance, in your location on October 19th at 10:19am. 

*Because we all have busy lives, below are additional ways to practice the drill:
Indoors: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. However, do not try to move more than 5-7 feet before getting on the ground. Do not go outside during shaking! The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be. Windows, facades and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to break away. If seated and unable to drop to the floor: bend forward, Cover your head with your arms, and Hold On to your neck with both hands.
Individuals using a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available. See EarthquakeCountry.org/disability for recommendations for individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers, or who are unable to drop to the ground and get up again without assistance.
In a classroom: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Laboratories or other settings may require special considerations to ensure safety.
In a stadium or theater: Drop to the ground in front of your seat or lean over as much as possible, then Cover your head with your arms (as best as possible), and Hold On to your neck with both hands until shaking stops. Exit slowly, watching for anything that could fall during aftershocks.
In a store: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Getting next to a shopping cart, beneath clothing racks, or within the first level of warehouse racks may provide extra protection.
Outdoors: Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards. Then Drop, Cover, and Hold On. This protects you from any objects that may be thrown from the side, even if nothing is directly above you.
Driving: Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops, then proceed carefully by avoiding fallen debris, cracked or shifted payment, and emergency vehicles. If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
Near the shore: Follow instructions above for your particular location. Then as soon as shaking reduces such that you are able to do so, quickly exit to high ground or inland as a tsunami may arrive soon. Don't wait for officials to issue a warning. Move on your own, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris, and other hazards.
Additional Preparedness links:
Do you know the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety?  See them here:  http://earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/
Key Earthquake Safety Tips for Individuals with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs http://www.earthquakecountry.info/downloads/ShakeOut_Earthquake_Tips_Disabilities_AFN.pdf
For a visual and subtitled demonstration of how Individuals with mobility limitations, disabilities and other access or functional needs can protect themselves during an earthquake see the Cal OES Informative videos that demonstrate steps to take and key considerations (Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to locate them): http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/access-functional-needs/afn-library
There are resources for Tribes/Rancherias, Nonprofit Organizations, Schools, Colleges, Businesses, Healthcare, and Care Providers of Young Children available on the ShakeOut website: https://www.shakeout.org/california/resources/
Nonstructural earthquake mitigation is securing things like bookshelves, picture frames on walls, and pendant lighting so these items can’t fall and injure anyone during an earthquake. To learn more see the Guide and Checklist for Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in California Schools. The concepts are broadly applicable to almost all workplaces! http://www.caloes.ca.gov/EarthquakeTsunamiVolcanoProgramsSite/Documents/7.28.11Revised%20Nonstructural%20EQ%20Hazards%20for%20Schools%202011.pdf
The drill only takes a minute and practice helps us turn a thought into an action that comes more naturally when surprised by a sudden event like an earthquake.
Our goal is to keep everyone safe by practicing preparedness!
For more information, please go to https://www.shakeout.org/california/ or contact Sheri Blankenheim, Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami Program at Sharon.blankenheim at caloes.ca.gov


L. Vance Taylor
Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
3650 Schriever Avenue
Mather, CA  95655
vance.taylor at caloes.ca.gov
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