October 17 is this week.
So what? October 17th happens every year right about this time.
If you’re a Carole King fan like me, the words I feel the earth move will take on special significance when October 17 rolls around.
(And if you haven’t listened to Carole sing that song, what in the world are you waiting for? You’re missing an icon sing a iconic song. Rock on, Carole! But …not quite yet…not until you finished reading the rest of this blog!)
On October 17, you need to really think about what you would do if you really were to feel the earth move under your feet – in other words, EARTHQUAKE !
October 17 (that would be THIS Thursday) is the Great Washington Shakeout. In truth, it’s the Great Shakeout in a lot of other states and countries besides Washington State but I’m focusing here in my own back yard because, well, we’re “due.”
Yup, participating in the Great Shakeout is particularly important for Pacific Northwest residents who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone. That’s the 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia – and yes, that would be us!
The 2013 Great Shakeout is scheduled for 10:17AM.
10:17 on 10/17
It makes it pretty easy to remember, doesn’t it? But the bigger thing is to remember what to do at 10:17 on 10/17: Drop, Cover and Hold.
So, what do I mean by Drop, Cover and Hold?
- Drop – under something sturdy and taller than you are
- Cover – the back of your head and neck with one arm
- Hold on – in case the thing you’re under moves
And close your eyes; you’ll do better psychologically if you don’t watch, and you’ll protect your eyes.
Washington State’s Emergency Management Division says people tend to be hurt by falling objects, not collapsing structures. If you are on your feet trying to move, you are in danger from toppling bookcases, breaking windows, flying dishes, falling televisions, collapsing fireplaces, or shifting furniture. Safety comes from quickly getting to a place of safety.
There are many resources available to help you prepare for 10:17 on 10/17, and to be prepared in the event of an actual earthquake. Here are just a few:
- Official site of the Great Washington Shakeout.
- What to do when an earthquake starts.
- What to keep under your bed so you can quickly find what you need no matter when a earthquake hits.
- The Red Cross Earthquake Alert App: (iTunes) (Google Play
And while these sites are all great resources for 10/17, they are excellent resources for EVERYDAY so check them out and make a plan.
Here in SW Washington, you can also participate in the Red Cross Cascades Region first-ever Great #ShakeOut Selfie contest.
Snap a photo of yourself (aka “selfie”) during the drill; then, tweet the image using the hashtag #ShakeOut Selfie. Participants are eligible for a variety of disaster kit items. See a list of the items and the complete rules here.
OK, anyone who hasn’t rocked out with Carole King lately, go find that song now! I promise you’ll be singing it all day long.
SW Washington Red Cross Media Team
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