Notice in the headline that we say when, not if, the big one hits. New earthquake faults are discovered every year in Washington State… and we already know about the mega-threat of the Cascadia Subduction Zone located just off our coast. True, it can be a struggle to build enthusiasm for doing the careful planning and preparation needed to survive an earthquake, or our state’s other notable natural hazards, such as volcano eruptions and lahars, tsunamis, landslides, and so on. That’s why we encourage you to join with hundreds of thousands of other Washington residents, schools, businesses, and government agencies taking part in The Great Shake Out earthquake drill on October 17th @ 10:17 a.m. You can even participate at home.
DNR and many other state agencies are registered to take part in this drill; it’s not too late for your workplace, school, or yourself to register as a participant, too. DNR employees workers at the Natural Resources Building headquarters in Olympia will be practicing the recommended Drop, Cover, and Hold earthquake drill on the 17th along with you.
Visit the Washington Emergency Management Division’s webpage to find great information to help prepare you, your family, your home and your pets to survive and recover more quickly from natural and manmade disasters.
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