Juneau, AK (KINY) - Folks in Alaska and across the world will be participating in practice drills that could save lives in the event of an earthquake.
In Alaska, on October 19th at 10:19am, the Great Alaska Shake Out gives schools and public facilities an excuse to raise awareness on earthquake safety protocols.
Most children know what to do in an earthquake from school drills, but Dan Belanger, an Earthquake Program Manager, says that "Many adults don't know these simple steps and just try to run away."
The recommended safety actions are: Drop onto hands and knees for stability, keep low, and crawl to shelter, Cover one's head and neck with one arm and hand, try to find a sturdy table or desk nearby for shelter or find an interior wall away from windows, and protect vital organs by bending over. Finally, Hold On until the shaking stops. If there is no shelter, hold on to the head and neck with both arms.
To register for the Great Alaska Shakeout, go to ShakeOut.org/Alaska and click Register Today. ShakeOut.org is filled with resources on planning, advertising, and holding a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill.
Alaska is the most seismically active region in the US with more than 10,000 earthquakes each year. Big quakes are not a matter of if, but a matter of when. Following these steps is the recommended approach to staying safe.