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‘ShakeOut’ returning to Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: October 15, 2013 5:52 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2013 5:52 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Come Thursday, it will be time once again to drop, cover and hold on during the annual event meant to increase awareness of what to do when an earthquake strikes.

For the past several years, organizations across the state, including the city of Santa Clarita, have been practicing how to be prepared by participating in the Great California ShakeOut, which will be held at 10:17 a.m. Thursday, according to the event’s website.

Santa Clarita will once again participate in the event, said city Emergency Services Supervisor Donna Nuzzi.

“The event serves to reinforce the behavior that we need to protect ourselves when the earth begins to move,’” Nuzzi said Tuesday.

That behavior should be a “drop, cover and hold on,” meaning people immediately drop to the ground, find shelter under a nearby desk or table, and hold onto it until the shaking stops.

These steps can help protect from debris that might be flung about by an earthquake, Nuzzi said.

“We live with the threat (of an earthquake) every waking moment, so you have to think before you run or move,” Nuzzi said.

Local schools will also be participating in the event.

Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said about half of the district’s schools will be participating on Thursday.

“Due to scheduling conflicts, some of our schools will be conducting drills on different dates,” Pinsker wrote in an email. “All of our schools conduct several drills throughout the school year.”

About 9.4 million people in California are signed up to take part in this year’s event, according to the ShakeOut website.
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