September was National Preparedness Month. At that time, we mentioned that our first step towards disaster preparedness in Cordova is becoming engaged in the process. Guess what? We have another great opportunity to do just that this next month too.
Let's DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON. Cordova can actually practice at the same exact time as millions of other people…worldwide. It’s called the October 2014 Great Alaskan ShakeOut! Participating in this one-minute drill could save your life, or one of your co-workers or family. One minute out of your year. Let’s do it.
On October 16th at exactly 10:16 a.m. the City tsunami warning siren will go off. Please do not let it frighten you, as it will not be at the normal testing time. The entire state (indeed, the world!) will be testing their tsunami alert system and Cordova has chosen to participate.
When the siren goes off, we encourage you to
- DROP to the ground
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops
The main point is to not try to move, but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Studies over the past several decades indicate you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects than to die in a collapsed building.
The ShakeOut is typically done once a year but as you probably know, we will practice twice this year. The ShakeOut drill was also held in March of this year in Alaska, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March 27, 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. That drill had more than 100,000 registered participants and the state hopes to reach that participation goal again.
Please go to http://www.shakeout.org/alaska/ and register your family, your business , or your school. Your registration shows commitment to participate in the ShakeOut. This site has everything you may need to know about the initial response to an earthquake, as well as numerous amazing educational tools to teach anyone about it. Go peruse the site and check it out! One of the most effective resources is an audio recording of an earthquake. Turn it up loud and feel the place shake.
As with anything, practice make perfect. Let’s practice and encourage each other. Listen for the siren. Choose to ShakeOut this Month. Remember! 10:16 a.m. on October 16th.