The California Earthquake Authority (CEA), which is participating in this year’s Great California ShakeOut drill, will have experts available to talk about how to make your home less vulnerable to earthquake damage and how to better protect your family by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
This year, ShakeOut day is Oct. 21. The annual drill, which lasts one minute, is always held on the third Thursday of October. It is a reminder that California is earthquake country and that we all need to get prepared for a seismic event. CEA believes that many Californians could better protect their home by strengthening it with a seismic retrofit, so that it can better withstand a damaging earthquake. Millions of Californians, many in underserved neighborhoods, live in older houses that need to be strengthened to make them more resistant to earthquake damage.
“Earthquakes can strike at any time, but they don’t have to be devastating, and the Great California ShakeOut drill is a valuable opportunity to practice what we need to do in order to survive and recover from a damaging quake,” said CEA Chief Mitigation Officer Janiele Maffei. “Many homeowners don’t realize how fragile their house is until it’s too late. The good news is that we have grants available to help strengthen older houses against earthquake damage, with a seismic retrofit―something many Californians should consider.”