Recently central rural California was given a rough reminder that we live in earthquake territory. Each year the Earthquake Country Alliance hosts The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, this year on October 17. Hospitals and individuals are encouraged to register and participate in this years’ drill.
California is covered by earthquake fault zones and often tops the list of a hospital’s Hazards Vulnerability Analysis report. Earthquakes can result in structural damage, loss of utilities, loss of transportation corridors, loss of equipment and supplies, and a surge in patients. The Great ShakeOut is scheduled for October 18th, 2018. Hospitals are encouraged to register and participate in the Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill along with millions of others around the world.
With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, healthcare partners should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. What we do now, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards.
With this in mind, the Earthquake Country Alliance (www.earthquakecountry.org) created the ShakeOut, an earthquake drill and preparedness activity in which everyone can participate. To register as a ShakeOut participant, go to our website (www.shakeout.org) and sign up for the drill in your area.
In particular, healthcare partners of all sizes can use the drill to get their staff, volunteers, partners, and even their patients/residents, involved and prepared for a big earthquake. Furthermore, the level of your staffs’ own personal and family preparedness will be key to their availability to support your organization’s response and recovery efforts after a disaster.