National Preparedness Month includes earthquake drill

August 30, 2011

By Staff

September is National Preparedness Month, and Washington officials plan a statewide earthquake drill to help residents prepare for a natural disaster.

The statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill is at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 21. The monthly test of the Emergency Alert System marks the start of the drill.

“Citizens, companies and government agencies should review their individual preparedness plans, contact information and emergency kits, and need to prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days following an act of terrorism, natural or manmade disasters,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a special proclamation.

Sept. 21 also includes a Tsunami Warning Communication System test in coastal Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

The state Emergency Management Division — plus emergency management officials in Issaquah, King County and statewide — plans to promote disaster planning and preparedness throughout the month.

Participating in the earthquake drill and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration’s national tsunami warning communication test is another step.

In addition, the Emergency Management Division and other agencies plan to participate in the Take Winter By Storm program, NOAA’s Weather Radio Awareness program and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s See Something, Say Something campaign.

Officials also plan to send information and booklets to schools across Washington. State emergency planners also offer information in the In Focus section on the Emergency Management Division website.

The state also conducted a drop, cover and hold earthquake drill in April as part of Disaster Preparedness Month.

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