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Earthquake fair is open to all from 10:30am to 1pm

Berkeley, California (Monday, October 15, 2018) - Take part in a five-minute earthquake drill wherever you are on October 18th and then come to an earthquake fair, where you'll be able to experience an earthquake simulator, talk to experts, get supplies and learn.

2018-10-15 Fire Great ShakeoutThere are three things everyone who can should do during an earthquake. At 10:18am on October 18th, practice them:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

For those in a wheelchair or using a walker:

  • LOCK the wheels of your walker or wheelchair
  • COVER your tucked head with your arms and hands
  • HOLD ON to the wheelchair or walker until the shaking stops

Earthquakes are an inevitable part of Berkeley's future. Learning and practicing how to "drop, cover, and hold on" can significantly reduce your chances being injured during the immediate shaking of an earthquake.

Individuals, families, businesses and organizations can register at the ShakeOut Website to receive information on how to plan their drill and tips for talking with others about earthquake preparedness. Use "City of Berkeley" as the "Parent Organization" to show that you are joining with others in Berkeley during the drill.

After the Citywide drill in the morning, we're also hosting an earthquake fair at Civic Center Park. All are invited to stop by to ride the "Big Shaker" earthquake simulator, talk to experts in earthquake readiness, and obtain information and supplies to help them prepare for an emergency.

Earthquake Preparedness Fair
October 18, 2018
10:30am to 1pm
Civic Center Park, surrounding fountain
2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, between Allston Way and Center Street

These events are being coordinated by the City of Berkeley's Office of Emergency Services in partnership with the Earthquake Country Alliance. A press conference will be held at Civic Center Park at 9:00 a.m., and will include City of Berkeley officials and speakers from national, State, and local organizations involved in earthquake preparedness.

Everyone in Berkeley is encouraged to join this citywide exercise by participating in the drill on the 18th or finding a time that works for them. Neighborhood groups who register on the ShakeOut website and participate can count this towards the "citywide exercise" requirement in the Office of Emergency Services' program to qualify for a free dumpster once each year. After practicing "drop, cover, and hold on," participants can check disaster supply kits, review evacuation plans, and practice notifying loved ones of their status. Tips for preparedness are available at the Berkeley Earthquake Website.

As part of the exercise, Alameda County will run a test of Berkeley's emergency alerting system, AC Alert, which is used to send information on actions needed to protect yourself during a life-threatening emergency. AC Alert is the primary system used to send this information, and everyone who spends time in the City of Berkeley is encouraged to sign up for the system at www.CityofBerkeley.info/ACAlert. Those who have signed up for the system will receive a notification on October 18th. If you have any problems with AC Alert on October 18th, please contact ACAlert@CityofBerkeley.info.


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