Red Cross Encourages SoCal to ShakeOut

ShakeOut
The ShakeOut is an annual event created to practice safety and planning for earthquakes. For more on how to participate, or safety planning tools, visit shakeout.org.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to prevent earthquakes. We can, however, be prepared for when they strike. Being prepared now could save your life, or the lives of others, in the future.

In effort to be ready for when the next quake strikes, the Red Cross recommends participating in The Great ShakeOut on October 18th at 10:18 a.m. The ShakeOut is an annual event created to practice safety and planning for earthquakes. For more on how to participate, or safety planning tools, visit shakeout.org.

In addition, the Red Cross now offers a free Earthquake App, available for iPhone and Android. This app includes earthquake notifications, what to do during and after an earthquake, and how to get prepared.

At a minimum, the American Red Cross recommends taking the steps listed below. More detailed information and preparedness guides can be found on RedCross.org.

When the shaking begins

  • DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Move to a safe place, away from windows. Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture. Hold on-if it moves, move with it. Stay in place until the shaking stops.
  • If you’re inside, stay inside. Don’t run out the door.
  • If you are outdoors, find a safe spot away from buildings, trees and power lines and drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
  • After the shaking stops

  • Check yourself for injuries. Shake rather than brush broken glass off.
  • If the shaking knocked things over or off shelves, evacuate the building and inspect for damage.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires and eliminate hazards. Turn off gas only if you smell gas or hear leaking. (Remember, only a professional can turn it back on.)
  • Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!
  • Listen to the radio for instructions
  • Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies. E-mail or text message your out-of-state contact.
  • Help people affected by disasters by donating to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call (714) 481-5300 or 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may be sent to the American Red Cross, 601 North Golden Circle Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting redcross.org/oc. For more updates on the American Red Cross in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, follow us on Twitter.