October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month
September 28, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 28, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month.
Local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.
A highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17.
The drill will emphasize the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities and businesses to practice what to do to be safe during an earthquake, and how to be ready before an earthquake strikes.
Coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same time.
Organizers with the Military Department’s Emergency Management Division are aiming for 1 million Washingtonians to participate in the drill. To date, more than 550,000 have registered, and the number is climbing. Last year, 710,000 people participated.
People and organizations can sign up here.
This is the second ShakeOut for the state of Washington.
More than 37 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Province of British Columbia will run an earthquake drill on the same date and time.
Inslee’s proclamation also touts two other October happenings that emphasize emergency preparedness:
4 The governor proclaimed October as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio Awareness Month. NOAA weather radios provide emergency alerts about approaching hazards, complementing other disaster information sources.
4 The governor also took note of the Take Winter By Storm campaign that kicks off in October. Take Winter By Storm will highlight preparedness actions for the public to take to be ready for winter storms.
Learn more about Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month, NOAA weather radios and emergency preparedness here.