If you will be in a county facility on that day and at that time you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in that position for at least 60 seconds. Listen to direction from county employees as an emergency evacuation drill is planned to follow the simulated earthquake.
Services at Pacific County facilities may be interrupted for approximately 30 minutes, with normal business operation resuming at approximately 11 a.m.
All Pacific County residents can participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut. It is not something you need to leave home or work to participate in — in fact, participating at home or work is encouraged! Residents, businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On or have a more extensive emergency drill.
Sign up for free at www.shakeout.org/washington/register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more. For earthquake preparedness tips or general information about preparing yourself and others for any disaster or emergency event, please visit Ready.gov, FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness website. There you will also find the following steps for being prepared at anytime and anywhere:
· Be Informed: Learn about potential emergencies, which may occur in your local community and the ways to respond to each.
· Make a Plan: Learn how to create a Family or Personal Emergency Plan in case you and your loved ones are not together during a disaster or become separated during an emergency event.
· Build a Kit: Review information about basic emergency kits and how to personalize them with required medications, an emergency medical contact card, first aid supplies, extra food, water, etc. A checklist for items to consider as part of this basic kit is also available.
· Get Involved: Whether at work or at home learn how you can be a part of a volunteer network before, during and after any disaster event.
Remember, preparedness is a shared responsibility. Do your part and practice how to be safe when the shaking begins. Knowing what to do if an earthquake struck our area will better prepare our community to survive and recover quickly from the next seismic event. To react quickly, we must practice often how to respond. Knowing what to do in a disaster can make the difference when seconds matter.