Thank you to everyone who joined us for QuakeFest 2022! Please check back in early fall 2023 for details on next year's annual emergency preparedness fair.
The Great ShakeOut
On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 at 10:20 a.m. and 6:50 p.m., LMU participated in the USGS Great ShakeOut earthquake drill, along with 15 million people worldwide. Both drills were initiated by a public announcement on the campus speaker system, and Lions dedicated one minute to DROP, COVER and HOLD as if it were a real earthquake. Now is a good time to review what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
Before the next big earthquake, we recommend these four steps to make you and your community better prepared to survive and recover quickly:
- Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
- Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating your emergency plan and deciding how you will communicate.
- Step 3: Organize emergency supplies in convenient locations.
- Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance coverage.
During the next big earthquake (and immediately after) is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies:
- Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On or other recommended actions such as Lock (vehicle wheels), Cover, and Hold On – if you feel shaking or get an alert.
- Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
After the immediate threat of the earthquake has passed, your level of preparedness will determine your quality of life in the weeks and months that follow:
- Step 7: Reconnect and Restore daily life by reuniting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.
More information available at earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps