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Pocatello City Hall will be joining with millions around the globe in preparing for disaster.
Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a.m., City of Pocatello employees will participate in the 2018 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 to shakeout.org, 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 earthquake protection 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 practicing for a real emergency,” said Sgt. Ralph Daniels with the Pocatello Police Department. “Whether you are a participant in the ShakeOut or not, take this opportunity to review your emergency plans and the steps you need to take to keep you and your family 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 shakeout.org.