Get ready to "drop, cover, and hold on," for the 2011 Great California ShakeOut statewide earthquake drill on Oct. 20
Radio and television stations will be interrupting broadcasting at (or near) 10:20 a.m. on Thursday to broadcast a one-minute simulated earthquake, with sound effects and instructions on what to do and what to practice for an actual earthquake. Locally, Laguna Niguel residents can listen to KSBR 88.5 FM or KWVE 107.9 FM, K-Wave.
The Drill Broadcast will be listened to by millions as they conduct their ShakeOut exercise, and will provide instructions and earthquake safety tips. The Drill Broadcast recording is available in both English and Spanish.
In California, earthquakes happen daily, and scientists tell us it is certain that a major earthquake will strike California in the next 30 years. The ShakeOut was created in 2008 to help Californians prepare and practice how to protect themselves, and has since spread to other states and countries, including Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Guam, and British Columbia, all which are also holding Shakeout drills on Oct. 20. Drill participation reminds and reinforces correct instinctual actions as an earthquake begins. As of today more than 7.8 million participants are registered in California alone.
ShakeOut organizing partners include the Earthquake Country Alliance, Cal EMA, Southern California Earthquake Center, FEMA, U.S. Geological Survey, California Earthquake Authority, American Red Cross, State Farm Insurance, and many others.