Earthquake preparedness can’t wait: Take part in the Great Washington ShakeOut this Thursday

The Great Washington Shake Out earthquake drillIn her proclamation declaring that October is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington State, Gov. Chris Gregoire urged state residents to prepare for future emergencies. So, in addition to the statewide Drop, Cover and Hold On Drill (and the Tsunami Siren Test in the outer coastal counties) on Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m., we suggest you take one additional  preparation step. How about reviewing the Washington Emergency Division’s ‘Prepare in a Year’ web page? It’s a list of things to do each month to get you, your family, your pets, etc., ready for disasters whenever they occur. As an example, here’s a partial list of supplies typically placed in a family disaster survival kit:

  • Water (minimum one gallon a day for each person and pet, for drinking, cooking, and sanitation)
  • Wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
  • Work gloves and protective goggles
  • Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, and other uses
  • Portable radio with extra batteries (or hand crank for charging)
  • Additional flashlights or light sticks
  • and here are more good ideas

This Thursday’s earthquake exercise will be part of the Great Washington ShakeOut event — Washington state will join its West Coast neighbors in Oregon, Idaho, California and British Columbia in one of the largest earthquake drills ever.

Have you checked out the daily earthquake trivia Q&A on the DNR Facebook page?

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