April is Earthquake Preparedness Month in Portland. As part of the month’s activities, Mayor Sam Adams on Wednesday led Portland city employees in a one-minute drill to practice what to do during an earthquake: drop, cover and hold on.
Practicing is important because most of us don’t have regular experience with how earthquakes feel or how their surroundings may behave. Since earthquakes strike with no warning, having the wherewithal to drop, cover and hold on will protect you in most situations.
When the shaking starts during a real earthquake, it’s important to immediately do the following:
- DROP down onto your hands and knees.
- COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
- HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
Wherever you are, protect yourself. You may be in a situation where you cannot find shelter beneath furniture.
To learn more about what to do during an earthquake, visit http://earthquakecountry.info/dropcoverholdon.