Great ShakeOut drill set for October 19

Fires across Northern California have destroyed over 5,700 buildings and claimed over 40 lives

Almost 10 million Californians are registered for the statewide drill occurring Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m., and the city has sanctioned all three public Santa Clarita Libraries to host and participate as well.

"This drill is about renewing awareness and taking just a few minutes to practice the "drop, cover and hold" activity in our homes and offices", said Lynn Sterbenz, director of Jefferson County Emergency Management.

Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and have their employees practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On or have a more extensive emergency drill. "Social science research shows that when people see others take action, they are more likely to take action too". In addition to teaching the proper safety techniques while inside the building, school officials have also planned evacuation drills specialized to each institution.

With firefighters serving as incident commander, this drill is a chance to take a plan on paper and test it out in the real world. Earthquakes are starting to hit Garvin County more often.

Significant earthquakes in 2017 that serve as devastating reminders for the importance of improving natural disaster safety include the two large Mexico earthquakes of September, both of which caused many casualties and property loss.

"This is the first time we're actually participating in this nationwide day", Ramming said.

"We'll be doing a district-wide drill on Thursday", said Lee Morrell, public information officer for the Saugus Union School District. A nationwide quake drill.

More than 44,000 participants have signed up for the event, including schools, counties, churches, neighborhood groups, and individuals.



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