Earthquake Drill!

We participated in the Great American Shakeout again this year. Our drill wasn’t quite at 10:16, as it was a drill we decided to wait until everyone was off the phone  Of course we know an earthquake wouldn’t be as considerate! “Pretend it’s an earthquake, now!” was shouted and everyone stopped, dropped, and took cover under their desks. Only a few of us knew the drill was coming so it was good to see everyone knew immediately what to do.  This is critical as our location in California is crossed by major earthquake faults.

We also had a general safety discussion. In a major quake we know our exterior stairway is more at risk than the interior one.  The back end of our office is also more at risk.  We’re on the second floor and the back end has parking spaces, rather than building, beneath.

We are prepared. Multiple fire extinguishers, a portable emergency ladder, first aid kit, and several team members have CPR certifications.  Let’s hope we don’t have to put all our safety precautions into use!

Beat the Quake!

We're part of the great ShakeOut coming on October 17.  Leading up to the event all sorts of info about being well prepared is coming our way.  Today's email from the Earthquake Country Alliance focused on securing the environment.  Have you been in a quake?  If so you know how things can move around, tip over, break...   A fun way to practice is to play the Beat the Quake game.  I was able to 'secure' 11 of the 14 items before the quake hit, how will you do?   Maybe living in California made me a bit jaded, I admit I'm unlikely to secure my TV remote, though if it ends up banging someone on the head, even my dog, I'll be sorry!   Try the Beat the Quake game here: http://dropcoverholdon.org/beatthequake/game/