Drop, Cover and Hold On During the Great ShakeOut


Conduct Earthquake Drills During the ShakeOut

When it comes to earthquakes, preparation can be one of the biggest advantages of mitigating the disastrous impact of this unexpected event. That’s why organizations across the country and around the world will be participating in the annual Great ShakeOut event on October 17. The main goal of the ShakeOut is to prepare for major earthquakes and presents an opportunity for organizations and their people to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

Resources for the Great ShakeOut are provided by government agencies including the National Science Foundation and FEMA. Any organization or individuals can participate. The main focus of the ShakeOut drill is getting participants familiar with the Drop, Cover and Hold On safety practice for when an earthquake strikes. In this blog post, we’ll outline the basic tenants of Drop, Cover and Hold On, and discuss additional tools organizations can implement to help prepare for earthquakes.

Drop, Cover and Hold On

According to the Great ShakeOut website, “Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes…” By practicing this method in a live drill, you can help your people react quickly should an actual earthquake occur, keep themselves out of harm’s way. This is accomplished in three easy steps.

  1. Drop to the ground
  2. Take cover under a sturdy desk or table
  3. Hold on to it until shaking stops

The website also advises that people stay indoors until they are confident that the shaking has stopped, and it is safe to exit. For more information visit the Great ShakeOut website for drill manuals and other planning documents.

InformaCast and Early Warning Labs

Practicing the actions people should take during an earthquake is only one piece of the puzzle though. While ground shaking may be an obvious sign that an earthquake is taking place, there are other tools that can help you inform your organization’s members that they should seek safety.

InformaCast mass notification solutions from Singlewire Software integrated with hardware and software from Early Warning Labs (EWL) can help give your organization advance warning about an earthquake and deliver critical safety messages that tell your people to begin Drop, Cover, and Hold On procedures. EWL is a proven leader in Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) and an official partner of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and ShakeAlert™ EEW Project. Through a proprietary SaaS platform and hardware interface, EWL can deliver up to 60 seconds of warning before an earthquake strikes a designated facility. This software and hardware equipment can now be integrated with Singlewire Software’s InformaCast emergency notification system to send mass communications throughout an organization before an earthquake strikes. With the ability to configure messages for specific events, InformaCast alerts triggered by EWL can include audio and text that instructs people to begin using their Drop, Cover and Hold On training




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