LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – On Thursday, October 21, all residents of the state of Nevada are encouraged to review safety procedures on what to do in the event of an earthquake.
The Big Shake is a global event that encourages individuals and organizations to participate in an annual earthquake safety exercise.
Participants are encouraged to hold “Drop, Cover and Hold on” exercises for 60 seconds on Thursday at area schools, businesses, government agencies, homes and other locations.
Clark County is among more than 540,000 participants registered on the Nevada Great ShakeOut website to participate in the exercise this year.
Nevada’s Great Shakeout
WHEN: Thursday October 21 at 10:21 am
Residents are encouraged to download the free Southern Nevada Community Preparedness app on their smartphones from this link HERE.
Nevada is one of the most seismically active states after California and Alaska.
Here are some tips to remember if you find yourself in the middle of an earthquake.
- Most earthquake-related injuries occur as a result of falling objects, broken glass, or trips and falls when people attempt to evacuate.
- The best protection if you are indoors during an earthquake is to step under heavy furniture like a desk or table until the shaking stops, and stay away from windows to avoid to break the glass.
- If you are in a vehicle when the tremors begin, park in an open area, avoiding bridges, overpasses, and power lines if possible.
- To limit injury during an earthquake, shelves should be securely attached to the walls.
- Large, heavy items should be placed on the lower shelves. Do not hang heavy objects on the walls above beds or sofas and chairs where you sit.