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Posted on: October 11, 2017

City of Pocatello to Participate in 2017 Great ShakeOut Drill


There will be simulated shaking going on at City Hall later this month.

On October 19, at 10:19 a.m., City of Pocatello employees will be taking part in the 2017 Great ShakeOut 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 the, in most situations, people can reduce their chance of injury in an earthquake if they:

-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.

“As the recent earthquakes near Soda Springs have shown, we live in a seismically active area,” said Lieutenant Ian Nelson. “The best time to prepare for an emergency is now so whether you are a participant in the ShakeOut or not, review your emergency plans and the steps you need to take to keep you and your family safe in the event of an earthquake or other disaster.”

The exercise will 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.

In 2016, over 55 million people around the world participated in ShakeOut drills.

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

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