Great California ShakeOut set for Oct. 18

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STATE — The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to prepare and practice for an earthquake: "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

California is at higher risk of earthquakes compared to the rest of the country. The Great California ShakeOut has been organized to encourage everyone to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

ShakeOut is also a reminder for Californians to be prepared financially, such as by exploring earthquake insurance. The not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority offers earthquake insurance throughout California for homeowners, renters, mobile home owners and condo-unit owners.

Register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, access resources, receive email updates, and more at  www.shakeout.org/california/.

On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. Drop, Cover, and Hold On:

Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).

While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged?

Do a "hazard hunt" for items that might fall in the home during earthquakes and secure them.

Create a personal or family specific needs disaster-preparedness plan. Don’t forget about pets. Organize or refresh emergency supply kits and create emergency contact cards.

Store at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for three days and ideally for two weeks.

Identify building's weaknesses. Ask a local earthquake retrofitting contractor for a free structural inspection of your home or building. Also, review insurance coverage, whether home-owner or renter. Consider whether earthquake insurance is the right choice by talking to an agent. For more information, visit www.shakeout.org/california/.

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