Friday, August 23, 2013

Secure Your Space and Get Ready to ShakeOut

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Dear Cameron,
California ShakeOut Update:
7.7 million participants
as of 8/22/13

Past participants: If you have not yet  registered for 2013, please log in

ShakeOut Tip: Make sure
your drill is on your family's or organization's calendar
ShakeOut is now eight weeks away and more than 10.8 million people worldwide are already registered. More than 40 U.S. states and territories, along with several other countries, are participating in 2013!

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are a chance to practice how to protect ourselves during big earthquakes, and also how to get prepared. This email describes how to "Secure Your Space" to prevent objects from causing injuries or damage when they fall or are thrown across the room during earthquakes.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On graphicBe sure to review our simple instructions for how to participate that are available for each ShakeOut participant category and a variety of situations. You may also be interested in items available from the ShakeOut Shop such as t-shirts, buttons, participation stickers, drill leader kits, and more. Bulk pricing discounts are now available.

The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

Over the next two months, ShakeOut Update e-mails will feature the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, an optional addition to your ShakeOut participation that may improve your preparedness for a big earthquake or other emergencies.
Step 1: Secure Your Space
Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items. Imagine your home or workplace being picked up and shaken sideways – what would fall or be thrown around? How can you prevent it?

Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items. Consider doing one item from the list below each week. You may need to ask others for help or to borrow tools. Perhaps you might help them in return, or help others in your community.  We're all in this together!

No cost:
  • Move heavy or large items to the floor or low shelves.
  • Move things that can fall on you away from where you spend a lot of time.
  • Move heavy or unstable objects away from doors and escape routes.
Low cost:
TV straps as demonstrated in FLASH "Secure Your Space" video
Watch a new animation for how to secure your space, courtesy FLASH
  • Secure a water heater to wall studs with two metal straps.
  • Secure top-heavy furniture and appliances to wall studs.
  • Hang mirrors and pictures on closed hooks.
  • Secure computers and TVs with special straps.
  • Prevent small items from falling by using museum putty or wax.
  • Install latches on kitchen cabinets.
Many of these items may be available at your local hardware store, or at a special discount from ShakeOut partner ReadyAmerica.
A bit more work or cost:
  • Use flexible connections where gas lines meet appliances (such as water heaters, ovens, and clothes dryers).
  • Secure overhead light fixtures.
  • Secure free-standing wood stoves or fireplace inserts.
These recommendations may also reduce injury or damage in other situations.  For example, a recent report showed that unsecured TVs that fall are injuring children across the country every day! So even if earthquakes are not common where you live or work, these suggestions are worthwhile to consider.

Visit for additional information, instructions, and resources. You can also play the "Beat the Quake" game to test your knowledge for how to secure your space, and challenge your friends too!

Who will ShakeOut with you? 
Join Us for the Largest Earthquake Drill in U.S. History A great way to help your community, your employer, and others to prepare to survive and recover is to encourage them to register to participate in the Great California ShakeOut.  Spread the word at family gatherings, community events, and work meetings, and online via social media. You can also place one of the ShakeOut web banners on your organization's website, distribute flyers, and use other materials available on the ShakeOut Resources page.

Thank you for your continued participation in this historic event and for your commitment to disaster preparedness!

The Great California ShakeOut

About us: This year, ShakeOut is 10/17 at 10:17
AM! Register now at for this annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

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