Drop, Cover and Hold

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Bell - Windermere Peninsula Properties

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 9:45 a.m. the State of Washington is holding an Earthquake Drill.

The purpose of this drill is to increase awareness of the potential for Earthquakes in the Northwest.

During the drill people should practice Drop, Cover and Hold.

What does that mean? If an earthquake starts you should Drop to the floor under a protective object, Cover your head to protect yourself from falling objects and Hold on until the shaking is over. (When I lived in California, I counted to 100. If I made it, everything was cool.)

If and after you have survived the shaker, according to State Criteria, is to survey the damage and evacuate if necessary.

Some people believe getting in a door frame will provide sufficient protection but I have heard that the shaking may cause the door to swing and injure anyone standing in the door frame. Others believe it is best to run outside but if you do that you risk being injured by falling objects.

The State of Washington has decreed that the best option in an earthquake is to Drop, Cover and Hold

The State is encouraging everyone to participate in the Drill and afterwards discuss disaster preparedness.

So, Tommorrow April 21, 2010 - Earthquake Drill - 9:45 a.m.

Drop, Cover and Hold!


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John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Great advice...I lived in California for many years and have experienced many earthquakes. Most people don't take them very seriously...others know there is reason to be vigilant but simply don't know what to do. Education is key so thanks for the post. Be safe!

Apr 20, 2010 11:57 AM #1
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Not familiar with the concept. I've never felt a eartquake in my life. I hope you never have to deal with one.

Apr 20, 2010 01:02 PM #2
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Often, survival is the product of good preparation. These drills can really save lives!

Apr 20, 2010 01:08 PM #3
Richard R. Bell
Richard Bell - Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Broker-Manager, Allyn - Belfair Washington State Realtor

Thanks for commenting guys. I am trying to get my staff together to participate in the Drill. But it is like herding cats.

Apr 21, 2010 04:14 AM #4
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

Being in your office, I really appreciate the herding cats comment-LOL. Drills are good so you can be prepared when an emergency strikes. Our family has a phone tree so we do not all call each other at the same time during an emergency but still have a way of checking in to make sure everyone is okay.

Apr 21, 2010 05:19 AM #5
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