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Posted on: October 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Join in the Great Washington Shakeout

Earthquakes can strike any time and Washington State has a history of large earthquakes. In fact, more than 1,000 earthquakes are registered in our state each year. Are you prepared with clean water, food and shelter if the “Big One” should hit our region? A strong earthquake can cause our region to lose power and assistance for two weeks or more. By taking steps to prepare now, you can save lives and reduce damage caused by earthquakes.

Participate in a worldwide effort called “The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills” by registering for the 2019 Great Washington ShakeOut at On October 17, 2019 at 10:17 a.m., millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold.” At 10:17am, Drop, Cover, and Hold-On! Then after one minute, evacuate and go to your meeting place.

Some of the impacts of earthquakes can include broken water and sewer systems, impassable roads, damaged overpasses and bridges, and of course, extended power outages. As experienced during last year’s snow storms, stores will run out of food and supplies in a major storm or disaster.

Current recommendations are that each household have a 14-day supply of water and food on hand for each person and pet. Other items to consider for your disaster kit include medications, first aid supplies, flashlight and extra batteries, light sticks or lanterns, toiletries, multi-purpose tools, and a crank or battery radio. Don’t forget blankets, shoes, and warm clothing. To learn more about earthquakes and preparing your survival kit, visit the Great Washington Shakeout website at


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