Local residents are encouraged to participate in the ShakeOut earthquake preparation day

On October 21st at 10:21 a.m., Californians across the state will participate in International ShakeOut Day, an annual opportunity to practice earthquake safety practices. The Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management encourages all households and businesses to participate in the ShakeOut. Make October 21 a day to review your contingency plan, start or brush up on a disaster kit, or just practice the three simple earthquake safety steps – put down, cover, and hold on.

As soon as you feel an earthquake or receive an early earthquake warning, it is important to “drop, cover and hold on” to protect yourself from serious injury during a major earthquake. drop it on the floor. Place COVER under a sturdy table or desk. HOLD ON to the table or desk so it will continue to protect you during the earthquake.

Early earthquake warning

Earthquake Warning California is the first widespread nationwide earthquake warning second in the country. The alarm is designed to notify residents in advance, even seconds to protect themselves before shaking starts. This tool is available through the MyShake app or all phones receive a wireless emergency alert for emergency situations during an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater, or when the earthquake intensity scale is at level IV, which indicates slight jolts that are disturbing indoor household items .

Tsunami effects

A tsunami is a series of waves usually caused by an underwater earthquake. A large earthquake on land can also trigger a tsunami that hits the Santa Monica coast. If you’re on the beach and an earthquake occurs, Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately. When the shaking stops, go inland immediately and get out of the tsunami hazard zone. There are tsunami danger signs all over the city, and these signs help identify the best way to find safety. Every minute counts at these events. Getting out of the danger zone on foot or by bike is the fastest way to ensure your immediate safety.

Information after an earthquake

After an earthquake, electricity and internet are not a guarantee. Radios are often the best way to get information from local news sources. After a major earthquake, Santa Monica’s KRSM 1680AM radio station will broadcast local information as soon as it becomes available. This radio station is designed to be accessible only within city limits and is best accessed via an outdoor radio or in the car. In order to be able to easily remember the station, it is advisable to label your emergency call device with this station so that you do not forget it.

During ShakeOut 2021, Santa Monica will broadcast a ShakeOut drill message over the 1680AM radio station. Use this year’s ShakeOut to test this important emergency communication tool.

Thank you to our Santa Monica community for taking steps to be informed, prepared, and resilient in any emergency situation. Learn more about ShakeOut at: www.shakeout.org/california/

Submitted by: Lindsay Call, Chief Resilience Officer

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