WALNUT, CA— All residents are encouraged to drop, cover and hold on as they participate in the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history at 10:18 a.m. on October 18, 2012.
The Great Central U.S. Shakeout is regularly scheduled for the 3rd Thursday in October, but this year the City of Walnut is giving residents two chances to practice earthquake safety. The City of Walnut will be holding its own version of the shakeout on at 10 a.m. today.
Created by over 300 experts from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the drill is a realistic portrayal of what could happen in a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. Caltech is the world leader in seismology and believes it is vital to be an active participant in the shakeout drill.
The City of Walnut would like to help the community get prepared with practice to encourage improved emergency preparedness in schools, homes and work. To help with these efforts, the City is asking residents to join city staff on today and Californians statewide on October 18th by participating in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout.
For additional information regarding emergency preparedness or the Great Shakeout, please contact Senior Management Analyst, Rosalea Layman at (909) 595-7543. For more information on the City of Walnut, please visit our web site at www.ci.walnut.ca.us.
--City of Walnut