What do you do when there’s an earthquake?
Drop, cover and hold on, says the Earthquake Country Alliance, a “public-private-grassroots” partnership made up of people, organizations and regional alliances geared around raising disaster preparedness in the face of earthquakes and tsunamis.
Orange County residents may receive text alerts Thursday morning, encouraging them to do just that and take cover as part of the statewide Great California Shakeout.
First staged in Southern California by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2008, it returns at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, when about 9.4 million people statewide will participate in the earthquake drill. Of that, an estimated 865,820 people in Orange County will take part.
That includes about 5,000 childcare and preschools, 510,000 schools, 47,000 local government bodies and 6,000 senior facilities.