The Great Washington Shakeout and All Hazards Preparedness

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11 a.m.

The SFD is supporting the Department of Emergency Management's efforts with the 2013 “Great Washington ShakeOut” earthquake drill on Thursday, October 17th at 10:17 AM. This 60 second – drop, cover, and hold on earthquake drill will have participants all along the west coast taking shelter under desks or tables and holding in place for one minute to simulate protecting themselves during an earthquake. State officials have a goal of engaging one million Washingtonians to participate in this earthquake drill. Anyone can sign up at the Shakeout website and take part on 10/17 at 10:17 AM.

Television stations throughout Washington are airing this and other Public Service Announcements

Although Spokane has low risk, it doesn't mean there is no risk for earthquakes. We encourage citizens to be prepared for all-hazards. Being prepared for all-hazards means to plan and be prepared for the most likely hazards that you or your family could face in Eastern Washington. These include but are not limited to: winter storms, wildfire, or electricity disruptions that last longer than expected. If we have the recommended quantity of food, water, and other important items stored in our homes plus emergency kits in our cars and workplaces we will be better prepared. Being prepared will serve our residents well no matter what the potential emergency or disaster that could happen here in Spokane County or Eastern Washington. The goal is for our citizens to take care of their own basic needs for at least 72 hours. This allows first responders and other emergency workers during disasters and emergencies to help those residents who might be in life threatening situations first and then assist those in non-life threatening situations who have prepared for the first 72 hours or less. For more information on what supplies you should have in your home, car, and at work please go to the preparedness page on the Spokane Emergency Management website.