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Join the Great California Shake Out Drill on Oct. 20 – “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!”

Good afternoon – one more interesting piece of information for you this week.

Are you familiar with the Great California Shake Out? This year it’s the 3rd annual statewide drill designed to educate people in California communities about how to protect themselves during a large earthquake, and how to get prepared. This year’s will be the largest earthquake drill to ever take place in the United States. The drill has everyone who’s signed up to “drop, cover, and hold on” at 10:20 am on October 20th.

All the details are at, but here are a few important points. It’s taking place statewide on October 20th at 10:20 a.m.  You are invited to go to the website and register (as an individual, family, school, or business). Once you’re registered, all you have to do is “drop, cover, and hold on” at the appointed time!

By registering for the Great California Shake Out, you will:
• Be counted in the largest earthquake drill ever!
• Be included on lists of who is participating in your area (optional)
• Be an example that motivates others to participate and get prepared
• Be updated by email with ShakeOut news and information about earthquakes and preparedness
• Be provided a customized Certificate of Participation to download after the drill (when you register, be sure to list your name as it should appear on the certificate)

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill? To react quickly during an earthquake, you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself, before strong shaking knocks you down–or drops something on you.

Visit for more information about what to do during earthquakes.

You all know that it is so important to be prepared for disaster, and here in our region that is likely to be an earthquake. Please consider registering at You’ll also find information on planning your drill, getting prepared for disaster, and a lot more. This is one way to help prepare your family for disaster.

For more information on disaster preparedness please visit the Redwood City Fire Department’s disaster preparedness  web pages at





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