Washington prepares to Drop, Cover and Hold On | Environment
On Thursday morning, residents all across Washington will Drop, Cover and Hold On at 10:17 am. The drill is part of the second Great Washington Shake Out to better prepare our state to respond to an earthquake.
In 2012, over 710,000 people across the state participated in the Great Washington Shake Out, and this year over 850,000 people have registered. At 10:17 those people will practice the current procedure in case of an earthquake the Drop, Cover and Hold On. Participants are asked to stop what they're doing, drop to the floor, take cover under a table or another sturdy structure and hold on to it.
Organizers of the Shake Out find the drill necessary due to changes both in earthquake safety procedure and in what we know about fault lines on the Washington landscape. Previous earthquake drills encouraged people to hide in a door way, as they were once considered the strongest point in a building. Doors are no longer considered the safest place and they do not protect from flying debris.
According to the Shake Out website, geologists have recently learned that are more surface fault lines in the state than they originally thought. This means that earthquakes can happen throughout the state event the area is far from a major fault line. Because of this, the Shake Out encourages everyone to practice the drill no matter where they live.
Groups from 10 counties in Eastern Washington are participated with 28,000 individuals in our area registered. The majority of those individuals will be students from various elementary schools. For more information on the Great Washington Shake Out and how you can prepare for an earthquake click HERE.