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The Great Southern California ShakeOut
The Great Southern California ShakeOut

ShakeOut Drill Broadcast: Transcript

Below is a transcript of the drill broadcast that will play on various media outlets at 10 am on Thursday, November 13.

Great Southern California ShakeOut
Drill Broadcast Text

(Begin broadcast at 9:59:45)

"This is the Great Southern California ShakeOut. You are about to join millions of Southern Californians in the largest earthquake drill in US history. Practice now so you can protect yourself, without hesitation, during a real earthquake.

(Cue: Rumbling Sounds Begin at 10:00:00 a.m.)

“This is an earthquake drill. Right now, DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON. Again, this is an earthquake drill. This is not a real earthquake.

“DROP to the ground immediately; take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table; HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops. If you cannot get under sturdy furniture, protect your head and neck with your arms. If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, stay outdoors. Injuries are more likely when you try to move around.

“If this were the magnitude 7.8 ShakeOut earthquake we are practicing for today, you would be experiencing sudden and intense back and forth motions of up to six feet per second. The floor or the ground would jerk sideways out from under you; that’s why you must drop, cover, and hold on. Every unsecured object around you would likely topple, fall, and become airborne, potentially causing serious injury. Strong shaking might not end for you until a minute and a half after you first felt the earthquake. Look around and imagine: What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged?

"This is an earthquake drill. If you are in a high-rise or a public building: Drop, cover, and hold on. Do not use elevators.

"If you are Outdoors: Move to a clear area away from wires, buildings, and anything else that could fall and hurt you, but only if you can safely do so. Drop Cover and Hold On.

"If you are in a stadium or theater: Drop Cover and Hold On. Protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over.

(Cue: Rumbling Sounds Begin to Recede just under 90 Seconds)

"If you are in bed, stay there and hold on; protect your head with a pillow.

"If you are driving, don't do anything now. During an actual earthquake, you should coast over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid bridges and overhead hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.

(Cue: Rumbling Sounds End during "Driving" text)

“The main shock is over now over, but there will be aftershocks. What you would need to take care of yourself and your family for the next days and weeks? Most importantly, what can you do now, before the real earthquake, so that you can reduce your losses and recover as quickly as possible?

"This concludes our earthquake drill. Thank you for participating in the Great Southern California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in US history."

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