Millions To Take Part In Coordinated Earthquake Drill

Oct 17, 2012

Numerology and disaster preparedness come together Thursday morning on a big scale. At 10:18 on 10/18, eight Western states along with British Columbia and other places are coordinating on an earthquake and tsunami drill. Nearly a million people are signed up to participate in the Northwest.

On one level, this is the familiar “Drop, Cover and Hold” exercise you might remember from elementary school.

But it’s now scaled up statewide and west-wide -- even worldwide by some measures -- says Oregon ShakeOut coordinator Althea Rizzo.

“The more people you have talking about it, the more take action.”

Rizzo expects the Northwest to set a new record for participation in an earthquake drill, with the largest numbers coming from schools. But she says individuals and many businesses have also signed up for the one minute drill.

“This is an opportunity to start this conversation among your employees, and students, and co-workers: ‘What is your plan after an earthquake?’ You’ve survived the earthquake, now what?”

On the Washington coast, tsunami sirens will also activate at 10:18 am to encourage people near the ocean to practice their evacuation routes.

However, in the case of a major offshore earthquake, remember those sirens might be knocked out so don't wait around for that warning sound.

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

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