As residents prepare for the annual Great Nevada Shakeout drill on Thursday, Clark County emergency management officials are offering some earthquake safety tips.
The Great Shakeout, www.shakeout.org/nevada, is a worldwide event that encourages schools, businesses and organizations to participate in an annual earthquake safety drill. At 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, participants will be asked to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" wherever they are at work or home as if a major earthquake were occurring at that moment, and stay in place for 60 seconds.
"The shaking that Las Vegas residents felt from this summer's earthquakes in Southern California are a good reminder that earthquakes are a real possibility in our community," said Clark County Deputy Fire Chief John Steinbeck, who oversees the Office of Emergency Management. "Most earthquake-related injuries happen because of falling objects, breaking glass, or trips and falls when people try to evacuate."
Officials say the best protection during an earthquake is to get under heavy furniture such as a desk or table until the shaking stops, and to stay away from windows to avoid shattering glass. If you are in a vehicle when shaking starts, pull over to a clear location avoiding bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. To limit injuries in an earthquake, shelves should be fastened securely to walls. Large, heavy objects should be placed on lower shelves. Do not hang heavy objects on walls over beds or sofas and chairs where you sit.
Nevada is the fourth most seismically active state after Alaska, California and Hawaii, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "Property Brothers" HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott helped Clark County create a :30-second TV Public Service Announcement to educate residents about earthquake safety. The PSA is posted on the County's YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwbJhENzVCg and has been shared with local media and on our social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, NextDoor and Instagram. Earthquake safety tips also are posted on the Fire Department's pages of Clark County's website.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to download the free Southern Nevada Community Preparedness App on their smartphones from the Office of Emergency Management's website: https://tinyurl.com/y3w86lx3. The app offers localized alerts and preparedness tips for building a disaster supply kit and creating a contact list to reconnect with loved ones in the event of an emergency. Free texts and email alerts also are available via the Southern Nevada On the Alert website: https://sonevada.onthealert.com/Terms/Index/?ReturnUrl=%2f.