ShakeOut began in California in 2008 and has since spread to more than 45 states and U.S. territories and many countries worldwide, with 26.5 million participants in 2014. The third Thursday of October each year is the “International ShakeOut Day of Action”.
Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety will be participating in this drill on October 20, 2016.
ShakeOut participation provides agencies with the opportunity to evaluate emergency plans, increase awareness of earthquake safety among their own employees, and improve resiliency within their community.
Everyone everywhere should know how to protect themselves during an earthquake–at home, work, school, or while traveling in an earthquake-prone region. While earthquakes are unpredictable, preparation efforts can greatly reduce physical injuries and property damage. Research shows that when people practice what to do ahead of time, they are more likely to respond instinctively with the correct action during an emergency.