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The Great Southern California ShakeOut
The Great Southern California ShakeOut

What Girl Scout Troops Can Do

We're all in this together-- the more you do to prepare now, before a big earthquake, the better all our lives will be after. And with your participation, ShakeOut will be the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history!

Here are some of the things Girl Scouts can do to participate in the ShakeOut, to promote participating in the ShakeOut, and to prepare for big earthquakes.

Participate in the ShakeOut:

  • Today:   Have your troop leaderRegister your troop today to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.

  • Between now and November 13:   Consider what may happen in a big earthquake and plan what your unit will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to recover quickly. Practice Drop Cover and Hold On at troop meetings throughout the months of September, October, and November.

  • November 13, 10 a.m.:
    1. Drop, Cover, and Hold On:    Have your staff and others present at the time Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a magnitude 7.8 earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes! Have a discussion with your leader/teacher/parent/s on how to immediately protect yourselves during earthquakes!

    2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a big earthquake, when shaking may last for 1-2 minutes! What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?

    3. Finally, you can practice what to do after the shaking stops.

      (Detailed drill suggestions will be provided to registered participants.)

  • November 14:   Attend the Get Ready Rally as a troop or with your families to learn more and share stories about the ShakeOut drill.

  • Take one more step--complete your disaster plan or supply kits, or attend a local preparedness event.

  • Work towards badge requirements at troop meetings or on your own.

Promote the ShakeOut:

  • Invite everyone who matters to you to register as individuals to participate in the ShakeOut. With your help this can become the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history!

  • Host a ShakeOut Troop Party. Invite other troops over for cookies or ice cream and share preparedness information, exchange phone numbers, and create an inventory of special skills (search and rescue, first aid, equipment) and needs (elderly, children, pets, medication, etc.) in your community. Also, encourage everyone to register while there, especially those without internet access.

  • Encourage your community, faith-based group, or school to register for the ShakeOut.

  • Design and post posters at your school and council about ShakeOut.

Prepare for earthquakes:

What we do now, before the earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after.

Things to do at a troop meeting or on your own:

  • Do a "hazard hunt" at your troop meeting place or home for items that might fall during earthquakes and secure them.

  • Encourage your school teachers to do a classroom inspection for non-structural items (bookshelves, equipment, etc.) that might fall and be damaged or cause injury and secure them.

  • With your troop, create a troop disaster preparedness plan.
    • Plan for your troop's specific needs (disabled, children)
    • Teach all troop members how to use a fire extinguisher
    • Create wallet cards for each troop member with essential contact information

  • With your family, develop a personal or family disaster preparedness plan.
    • Plan for your family's specific needs (seniors, disabled, children, pets)
    • Teach all household members how to use a fire extinguisher.
    • Create wallet cards for each family member with essential contact information.

  • Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits or generate an emergency supply kit list at a troop meeting to take home.
    • Store at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least 3 days and ideally for 2 weeks.
    • What else would you need to be on your own for this length of time?
    • What would you need if you are in your car, school, or troop meeting place when the earthquake strikes?

  • Create a game where everyone responds to a signal by practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On
  • Talk with your troop leader about what to expect during and after an earthquake.

  • Provide non-English speaking members of your family, neighborhood or community with written information in their language.

The following are Girl Scout Badges that earthquake preparedness and education could count towards:

  • Daisy Girl Scouts -
    • Red Petal - "Courageous & Strong"
  • Brownie Girl Scouts -
    • Safety Sense
  • Junior Girl Scouts -
    • Safety First
    • Rocks Rock
  • Older Girl Scouts -
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Outdoor Survival
    • Leadership
  • Council's offering specific Earthquake themed badges available for troop/individual purchase:
    • Spanish Trails Council - "Earthquake Awareness"
    • San Diego-Imperial Co. Council - "Quake Safe"
    • Orange County - "Quake Safe"
    • San Gorgonio Council - "Earthquake"

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