More than 2,100 Douglas County residents are signed up to participate in the fourth annual Great Nevada ShakeOut organized by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Seismological Laboratory 10:17 a.m. Oct.17, and remember to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”
Most of the participants are students at Jacks Valley Elementary and Piñon Hills Elementary and Carson Valley Middle schools. There are also members of the Washoe Tribe Environmental Protection Department signed up.
The Great Nevada ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice earthquake safety and prepare for the possibility of a major earthquake. The ShakeOut is not something individuals need to leave work to participate in; in fact, participation at work is encouraged. Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and have their employees practice the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” action or have a more extensive emergency drill. It is an opportunity to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure spaces in order to prevent damage and injuries.
“A record number of participants in Nevada are registered, and we’d like to see even more,” said Graham Kent, geophysicist and director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory in the College of Science. “In our seismically active state it’s important to be ready for an earthquake.”
Participants are asked on Oct.17 at 10:17 a.m., wherever they are – at home, at work, at school, anywhere, unless they are driving – to drop, cover, and hold on as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and to stay in that position for at least 60 seconds, which is about the time it takes to register for the earthquake drill.
“The theme for this year’s Great Nevada ShakeOut is making a family plan,” Kent said. “Households around Nevada are encouraged to find a neutral location other than their home or local neighborhood to meet after an earthquake or other natural catastrophe in the event that family members are separated and are unable to re-enter their neighborhood.”
So far, in Western Nevada 127,155 participants in the counties of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe are registered for the event. Central, northeastern and southern Nevada have 7,889 participants and Clark County is leading the number of participants with 396,291.
“Make sure to be counted in the largest-ever earthquake drill in Nevada,” Kent said. “All Nevadans interested in participating should visit the Great Nevada ShakeOut website to be counted in this year’s drill.”
The State of Nevada lies within one of the most seismically active regions in the United States. Along with California and Alaska, Nevada ranks in the top three states subject to the largest earthquakes throughout the last 150 years.
The Great Nevada ShakeOut is part of the world-wide Great ShakeOut conducted in conjunction with National Preparedness Month and with more than 12.4 million people worldwide registered to participate. In the United States there are approximately 39 states participating.
For more information and to sign up for the drill visit the Great Nevada ShakeOut website at http://www.shakeout.org/nevada/index.html.