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Posted on: October 10, 2019

City of Pocatello to Participate in 2019 Great ShakeOut Drill

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The City of Pocatello will join with more than 50 million people around the globe in the 2019 Great ShakeOut Drill.

Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m., City of Pocatello employees will participate in the worldwide earthquake drill. The drill allows participants to practice the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” technique to protect themselves in the event of a real earthquake. According to, in most situations, you can reduce your chance of injury in an earthquake if you:

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand
    • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
    • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
    • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs
  • HOLD ON until shaking stops
    • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
    • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands

After employees practice the “Drop, Cover, Hold On” techniques, the exercise will also feature a mock evacuation of City Hall and the building will be closed for roughly 10 minutes while the drill is being conducted. No citizens will be allowed in City Hall until the exercise has ended. Citizens conducting business at the time of the drill will be escorted out of City Hall, just like a real emergency, and then brought back in after the drill is over.

“It is never too early to start a plan for what you’d do in an actual emergency,” said Dianne Brush, Pocatello Police Department Community Services Coordinator. “Whether you take part in the ShakeOut or not, use this opportunity to review your emergency plans and what steps you will take to keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of a disaster.”

For more information on the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills or more on the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” technique visit

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