The Great Shakeout, www.shakeout.org/nevada, is a worldwide event that encourages people and organizations to participate in an annual earthquake safety drill. Participants are being asked to organize “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drills for :60 seconds on Thursday, Oct. 15, at homes, businesses and other locations. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the time of the drill isn’t specific this year to allow for more flexibility. Officials encourage people to follow social distancing and other safety guidelines related to the virus. Nevada’s Great Shakeout website has 540,000 people registered to participate in the drill this year.
“The Great Shakeout is an opportunity to remind the public that earthquakes are a real possibility in our community, and we want to encourage people to think about safety and preparedness,” 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 and other social media sites. Earthquake safety tips are available at www.ready.gov/earthquakes. Additionally, residents are encouraged to download the free Southern Nevada Community Preparedness App on their smartphones from this link. Free text and email alerts are available through the Southern Nevada On the Alert website.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.