The Great California ShakeOut!

The recent earthquakes in Haiti and Northern California remind us how important it is to be prepared– as individuals, organizations, communities, and beyond. Read below for what you can do today!

Haiti: The devastation of the 7.0 magnitude quake in Haiti is still being assessed, but clearly this earthquake will rank among the most destructive in history. The immense tragedy demonstrates how a natural disaster can become a man-made catastrophe due to poor construction and inadequate infrastructure.

Northern California: The 6.5 earthquake off the coast of Humboldt County was smaller and centered more than 20 miles off the coast. Our strict building codes resulted in far fewer losses than if such an earthquake were to shake a less prepared country. But images of fallen furniture and other contents show how much damage can still happen. Also, videos of the earthquake show people dangerously running outside during the shaking, while others protected themselves because they practiced “drop, cover, and hold on” in school or during the Great California ShakeOut!

Now is the time to take action… to protect yourself, and help others

  • It is 9 months till the 2010 ShakeOut Drill on October 21, at 10:21 a.m, and registration is now open! The goal for 2010 is 10 million participants, including you. You can go to  to participate for 2010.

  • There are many things you can do to reduce losses from happening in your home and community. The preparedness theme for ShakeOut 2010 is “Secure Your Space”—strap furniture and large appliances to walls, secure electronics and other objects, and much more.  Learn how at

Thank you for your participation and commitment to a earthquake safety!