SHAKE IT OFF?
Why not make earthquake preparedness fun? When was the last time that you Dropped it Down, Covered it Up and Held On? If it has been an eternity, then this is your month to have some fun and prepare with loved ones, colleagues and the greater community.
Join over 19.6 million participants registered to participate in the Great ShakeOut on October 18th at 10:18am. If you have yet to register go here to learn more and register today. You can register and plan to participate on the 18th of October or choose another date.
What should you do to make your earthquake response drill a great success?
Yes,that's right, we said "hide candy". Years ago, when I worked at the Red Cross, an AmeriCorps member came up with the idea to entice people to Drop,Cover and Hold On by dangling candy underneath their desks. She craftily attached pieces of candy to the underside of desks for colleagues to find upon dropping under their desks. For years we continued to put candy under the desks to encourage continued participation and hopefully create some individual muscle memory.
Make the drill fun, participatory, inclusive and REQUIRED. Remember we are trying to teach people what to do after all. Perhaps, create a contest between departments? Who had the most people Drop, Cover and Hold On? Which department had the most people responding appropriately? Which department had the fastest response time? The winners could have bragging rights or maybe win a prize?
Remember to take pictures and share the great responses with your colleagues collectively. Create a pictorial slide show that you can share with colleagues in a follow up meeting to share the successes and any pitfalls that were identified? Was everyone able to get under their desk or heavy piece of furniture? Were there items stored under their desks that prevented easy access? Or was it a breeze and everyone knew what to do?
If you are stymied to come up with some other creative ways to conduct an earthquake drill give us a call at 206-397-4283. There are resources available such as audios that can be broadcast on a P.A. and general tips for conducting the drill.
Please share this information with your loved ones, children's schools and other organizations that reside in your shared high rise, complex or facility. After all, when the next earthquake happens those physically closest to you will likely be the people you lean on to get through the interruption.
For those of you that would like to experience an 8.0M earthquake, join the Seattle Office of Emergency Management at Seattle Central College (Broadway Ave. and Pine Street) from 12p-4p today to experience the Big Shaker! You can truly "Shake it Off" in this simulator!
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