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Drop, cover and hold: Are you ready for an earthquake?

Posted on Oct. 20, 2016 ( comments)
2016 Great Washington ShakeOut

Earthquakes happen almost every day in Washington, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Most are too small to be felt or cause damage. Large earthquakes, the kind that can cause major damage, happen rarely, but are always a possibility. So knowing what to do in case of earthquake is important for everyone who lives here.

The Great Washington ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake preparedness drill set to take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10:20am, is part of a global initiative to raise awareness about what to do during — and after — an earthquake. More than one million participants have registered so far in the state to participate in this voluntary drill, including individuals, families, schools, businesses and hospitals.

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, Pulse Heart Institute and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital have signed up to participate. At 10:20am on Oct. 20 — that’s 10:20 on 10/20 — employees across the campus will “Drop, Cover and Hold” for 60 seconds.

“Participating in this drill is just one thing that helps us prepare to keep our patients safe in case of an earthquake or other disaster,” says Cindy Kratochvil, BSN, CNRN, manager of the Operations and Logistics Center for Tacoma General Hospital.

Operating Room and Catheter Lab staff, as well as any staff supporting an ongoing patient procedure, will pause and assess, rather than “Drop, Cover and Hold,” to ensure patient safety.

Great ShakeOut What to Do in an Earthquake Poster

Do you and your family know how to protect yourselves during an earthquake? Are you prepared for what might come after? Visit the Great Washington ShakeOut's website for more details about the Great Washington ShakeOut, as well as for other earthquake preparedness resources.

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