Earthquake Preparedness - DROP, COVER, HOLD-ON

posted Sep 11, 2013, 4:10 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 1, 2013, 9:40 AM ]
Los Angeles County is considered "earthquake country," so before the next big quake, residents are urged to prepare to survive and recover quickly.  The Los Angeles County Fire Department asks residents to take steps before the shaking starts, including:
  • In a large earthquake, sudden and intense back and forth motions of several feet per second will cause the floor or the ground to jerk sideways out from under you, and every unsecured object around you could topple, fall, or become airborne, causing serious injury.
  • Don't wait to see if the earthquake shaking will be strong.  In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you follow the three-step Drop, Cover, and Hold-On safety procedure.
  • DROP onto your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down.
  • COVER your head and neck - and your entire body if possible - under a sturdy table or desk.  If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall or low lying furniture that won't fall on you, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.
  • HOLD-ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.  Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
  • Wherever you are, protect yourself.  You may be in a situation where you cannot find shelter beneath furniture.  Trying to move around during the shaking puts you at greater risk.  Drop down before the earthquake drops you.
Additional earthquake preparedness tips are available on the Fire Department's Facebook, Twitter, You Tube pages, and its website - www.fire.lacounty.gov.