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State to Stage Giant Earthquake Drill

Culver City will participate in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct 18.

Millions of people will "drop, cover and hold on" during a statewide earthquake simulation Thursday.

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about how to prepare for a major quake. 

The ShakeOut will begin at 10:18 a.m., when participants across the state will practice what to do when an earthquake hits. More than nine million people have registered to join the exercise so far, including those from public safety agencies, schools and businesses. Find out who's participating here.

Culver City will hold a citywide drill at 7 p.m. to coincide with the California Shake Out. CERT has once again been asked to distribute the OK Signs to residents prior to the drill and to count the number of OK Signs displayed  on the night of the drill.

The city will once again be activating their EOC at Station 1 with Fire and Police personnel. CERT will also be looking for “Mock Incidents” while counting the OK Signs. The information from these incidents will be on signs placed on lawns of homes and businesses throughout the city. The information about the incident will be radioed into the CCARES Radio Room via the District Managers and then triaged by the EOC. Fire or Police units will be dispatched to the locations depending on the type of incident and will relay additional information back to the EOC on the city radio system.

The ShakeOut is intended to simulate the impact of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake originating from the southernmost area of the San Andreas Fault. Under this scenario, a tectonic shift would produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles over four minutes.

Click here to register for this year's ShakeOut.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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Ken Browning October 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Hi Meredith, Kelly, and Patch readers! Only due to the drill being tomorrow night, do I bring this up- I also like Culver City News article from Friday,Oct 5 http://www.culvercitynews.org/latest-news/are-you-disaster-ready/ what to do/ when to do it: "For those of you who have never participated in our City-Wide Disaster Drill with the “OK” sign program, all you need to do is place an “OK” sign in your window or on your door in a location most visible from the public right-of-way to signal that you and your family are “OK”. In the event of a real disaster, if your family was not “OK”, you would post nothing and contact 9-1-1 to let them know of injuries, etc. " All the best, Ken (one of the people counting OK signs Thursday)

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