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Drop, Cover and Hold: Are you ready for an earthquake?

Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 ( comments)
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More than 1,000 earthquakes occur in Washington annually, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Major earthquakes have been rare, 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. 16, at 10:16am, is part of a global initiative to raise awareness about what to do during — and after — an earthquake. More than 860,000 people have registered so far in the state to participate in this voluntary drill, including individuals, families, schools, businesses and hospitals.

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital have signed up to participate. At 10:16am on Oct. 16 — that’s 10:16 on 10/16 — employees across the campus will “Drop, Cover and Hold” for 60 seconds.Great ShakeOut What to Do in an Earthquake Poster

“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, hospital supervisor 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.

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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