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Practicing Preparedness: The Great ShakeOut 2012

On October 18 at 10:18 a.m., over 15 million people will practice disaster preparedness in a worldwide earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut 2012.

On October 18 at 10:18 a.m., over 15 million people will practice disaster preparedness in a worldwide earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut 2012. The exercise gets people moving as they take steps to be safe during an earthquake. Everyone is invited to participate, whether at home, at school, or at work.

October 3, 2012

Public health professionals continuously work to prepare our communities for emergencies. ShakeOut 2012 is an opportunity for public health agencies to make sure emergency procedures within their agency are clear and to encourage the communities they serve to practice how to be safe during an earthquake. In addition to the immediate "drop, take cover, and hold on," Shakeout 2012 reminds participants to review and update their emergency preparedness plans and supplies.

ShakeOut organizers have made it easy for any organization or individual to participate. NWCPHP is planning a disaster simulation with audio cues for faculty and staff to help experience the drill more realistically. Drill resources on the ShakeOut site make this a simple process.

What’s the first step? All you have to do is register online, so your organization is counted and named as a participant. Then decide the level of your drill complexity, and use the many resources available to help you communicate with your staff and create a realistic simulation to fit your needs.

The ShakeOut began in California in 2008 and has quickly spread to other states and countries. In addition to their many resources for drill planning (usable at any time of year), the website is also a trove of excellent data about who is participating in these drills and which industries are most involved in your state.

Related Trainings

NWCPHP also has a number of trainings available to support preparedness in the event of a disaster:

Disaster Behavioral Health

Emergency Risk Communication for Public Health Professionals

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