The City of Long Beach is encouraging all residents, businesses, schools and visitors to join our neighbors around the state and participate in the annual "Great California ShakeOut" earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10:16 am. To date, more than 10.1 million Californians have pledged to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" during the drill this year.
“Participating in the Great ShakeOut drill is a great way for everybody to get prepared, and make sure they practice earthquake plans and create earthquake kits,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.
Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning, and can occur at any time of the year, day or night. Though earthquakes cannot be predicted, there are steps people can take to prepare their homes and families for an earthquake.
At 10:16 am on Thursday, October 16, 2014, millions of people in government offices, homes, businesses, schools, and public places throughout California will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during a simulated drill of what to do during a real earthquake. The Long Beach Civic Center and other facilities are participating in the drill. To sign up, or for more information, visit www.shakeout.org
As the City of Long Beach continues to enhance its emergency preparedness message, residents are strongly advised to prepare to be self-sufficient for at least five days in the event of a large-scale incident. Create an emergency plan for your home and family, put together an emergency supply kit (food, water, tools, etc.,) and make sure all of your family members know how to contact one another. Further, all residents are encouraged to sign up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The Long Beach Fire Department conducts this free program to train the public how to become self-sufficient during major disasters.
More information is available at www.longbeach.gov/disasterpreparedness