October, Disaster Preparedness Month, includes earthquake drill

October 4, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

October is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington.

In a Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation, Gov. Chris Gregoire urged residents to take appropriate actions to prepare for future emergencies. The observance also includes a statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill.

The drill, dubbed the Great Washington ShakeOut, is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. The regional earthquake exercise includes participants in California, Idaho, Oregon and across the border in British Columbia.

The effort is designed to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness at home, school and the workplace.

More than 475,000 Washington residents have signed up for the Great Washington ShakeOut. State officials hope the exercise involves more than 1 million participants in Washington.

Washington residents can register for the drill at www.shakeout.org/washington.

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