It will be Guam’s first year promoting Earthquake Preparedness Week. The dates were chosen to commemorate the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Guam on August 8, 1993. Lieutenant Governor Tenorio’s declaration of EPW provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s abilities to recognize, respond and recover from the threat earthquakes pose to our community. EPW will also be used to encourage registration and participation in the upcoming, island-wide earthquake drill, the Great Guam ShakeOut happening on The ShakeOut drill encourages residents to practice their earthquake procedure, “Drop, Cover and Hold On” to promote earthquake safety:
- DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
- COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand
- If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
- If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
- Stay on your knees, bend over to protect vital organs
- HOLD ON until the shaking stops
- Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
- No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands
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Residents and visitors are encouraged to use EPW as a chance to open discussions with friends and family about earthquake and tsunami preparedness by using the following resources:
help/how-to-prepare-for- emergencies/types-of- emergencies/earthquake
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.