Great Arizona Shakeout October 2012 - Tucson News Now

Great Arizona Shakeout October 2012

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By Dae Hyun Song/ Tucson News Now Intern

Communities throughout Arizona will participate in the first ever Great Arizona Shakeout to become acquainted with the recommended response in event of an earthquake.

The event is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012, and provides an opportunity to practice what to do in event of an earthquake. The Arizona Geological Survey and Arizona Division of Emergency Management are asking state and local authorities and school districts to participate.

Arizona joins California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington in hosting an annual ShakeOut event. While communities in Coconino, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma counties are at great risk from earthquakes, no Arizona community is wholly immune from the shaking and damage. Last year, the Arizona Broadband Seismic Network recorded 131 earthquakes in Arizona.

The event is based upon a "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill - a simple 2-minute drill that can potentially save lives and minimize injuries from earthquakes.

The Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill:

Drop to the ground;
Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk and protect your head/neck
Hold On until the shaking stops.

To participate, go to www.shakeout.org/arizona/ and pledge your family school or organization's participation in the drill. Upon registration, the detailed information will be delivered via email.

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