Washingtonians must get better prepared before the next big earthquake, and practice how to protect ourselves when it happens. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.
Scroll down for basic instructions for how large and small businesses, commercial facilities, non-governmental utilities and railways, chambers of commerce, etc., can plan their drill, tips for getting prepared, and suggestions for sharing the ShakeOut with others. With your participation, this may be the largest earthquake drill in Washington ever!
Other ways to participate:
To prepare for their drill in 2008, Prime Tech Cabinets had an all-employee meeting which included a presentation on earthquakes. They reviewed their evacuation plan with a Q&A session, and had a prize giveaway. During the drill they played the “drill broadcast” in both English and Spanish. After the drill, emergency contacts were verified and earthquake preparedness information was inserted in each employee’s paycheck.
New! Download this sheet which outlines the Benefits to Participating Businesses. (PDF)
Between now and October 20:
October 20, 10:20 a.m.:
What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. The following are recommendations for what your business can do now to prepare:
The 7 Steps to an Earthquake Resilient Business booklet provides detailed instructions for what any size business can do to get prepare.