Earthquake Safety Tips Offered in Support of Great Nevada ShakeOut

In support of the annual Great Nevada ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 21, Clark County emergency management officials are offering some earthquake safety tips.

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 ShakeOut Day at schools, businesses, government agencies, homes and other locations. The time and date of the ShakeOut drill is Oct. 21 at 10:21 a.m. Participants are encouraged to coordinate the drill with staff working from different office locations and to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines regarding wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands regularly. Clark County is among more than 540,000 participants registered on the Nevada Great ShakeOut website to take part in the drill this year.

“The Great ShakeOut is a good opportunity each year to remind the public that earthquakes are a real possibility in Southern Nevada, and we want to encourage people to think about safety and preparedness at home and in their workplaces,” said Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels, who oversees the Office of Emergency Management. “It’s a good idea to practice earthquake safety in different situations each year.”

Officials say most earthquake-related injuries happen because of falling objects, breaking glass, or trips and falls when people try to evacuate. The best protection if you are indoors 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 one of the most seismically active states after California and Alaska. “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 other social media sites. Earthquake safety tips are available on the Fire Department’s emergency management division website pages at https://tinyurl.com/6yhwrnru and at https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes. Additionally, residents are encouraged to download the free Southern Nevada Community Preparedness App on their smartphones from this link: http://readydl.com/landing/eoc32003/index.html. Free text and email alerts are available through the Southern Nevada On the Alert website at https://tinyurl.com/p82t7m22.          

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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.