Get Ready to Shake Out!

The Parks Conservancy is participating in the 2017 Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill at 10:19am on Thursday, October 19th!  In order to help get our employees prepared for an earthquake, your Safety Committee will be sending out a series of emails with useful tips and information. First of all: 


What should you do when the earth starts shaking??

If possible find a sturdy table or desk and DUCK under it, COVER your neck with your hands, and HOLD on to something sturdy in that position.


But what if you don’t work in an office or there is no sturdy table to duck under?      

If you are outside:

Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards. Then Drop, Cover, and Hold On. This protects you from any objects that may be thrown from the side, even if nothing is directly above you.

If you are driving a vehicle:

Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops, then proceed carefully by avoiding fallen debris, cracked or shifted payment, and emergency vehicles. If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

If you are in a store:

Drop to the ground where you are and cover your neck with your hands. If possible, huddle on the ground next to an interior wall or next to a sturdy fixture (such as a cash register). Be aware of objects around you that might fall.

If you are in a stadium or space with theater-type seating:

Drop to the ground in front of your seat or lean over as much as possible, then cover your head with your arms (as best as possible), and hold on to your neck with both hands until shaking stops. Then walk out slowly, watching for anything that could fall during aftershocks.

Check out these videos to see a demonstration of how to respond to a quake in various scenarios.


Immediately after a quake:

  • Do not panic or rush to exit the building unless there is imminent danger from fire or structural damage- sheltering in place is often the safest move.
  • Check for injuries and building damage.
  • Tune in to emergency radio broadcasts for information about conditions in your area.
  • If you do need to evacuate or if you are in a tsunami danger zone proceed to your location’s designated evacuation meeting place (see attached card).


In the week leading up to our drill on 10/19 take a moment to look around your work area and think about where you would seek immediate shelter during a quake.  Talk to your coworkers and Safety Committee representative about how your location will participate in the Shakeout and stay tuned for more information on how you can be prepared for a quake!


-The Parks Conservancy Employee Safety Committee


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