Earthquake safety tips offered in support of ShakeOut in Great Nevada

In support of the annual Great Nevada ShakeOut on Thursday, October 20, Clark County disaster response officials are providing some earthquake safety tips.

The Great ShakeOut is a global event that encourages people and organizations to participate alone or as part of a larger group in an annual earthquake safety exercise. Participants are asked to organize 60-second exercises in schools, businesses, government agencies, homes and other locations on ShakeOut Day. The time and date of the ShakeOut exercise Thursday is 10:20 am Nevadans are encouraged to be counted as participants in the annual exercise by registering online at www.shakeout.org/nevada. So far, about 597,000 Nevada residents have been registered to participate in the exercise, including nearly 416,000 in Clark County.

“The Great ShakeOut reminds us every year that earthquakes are a real possibility in Southern Nevada,” said Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels, who oversees the Office of Emergency Management. “We encourage as many people as possible to participate in the exercise at home or at their workplace. It is also a good idea to practice earthquake safety in different situations.”

Officials say most earthquake injuries occur as a result of falling objects, breaking glass, or tripping and falling when people try to evacuate. The best protection if you are indoors during an earthquake is to crawl under heavy furniture such as a desk or table until the shaking stops, and to stay away from windows to avoid breaking the glass. If you are in a vehicle when it starts to shake, pull over to a clear area and avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. To limit injuries in an earthquake, planks should be securely fastened to the wall. Large, heavy items should be placed on lower shelves. Do not hang heavy objects on walls above beds or sofas and chairs where you sit.

Nevada is one of the most seismically active states after California and Alaska. “Property Brothers” HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott helped Clark County create a 30-second TV announcement to educate residents about earthquake safety. The PSA is posted on the county’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwbJhENzVCg. A related safety tip is on the fire department’s website pages at https://tinyurl.com/25zfnju7. Additional earthquake safety information is available at https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes. Residents are also encouraged to download the free Southern Nevada Community Preparedness app to prepare for and plan for emergencies. The app provides free weather alerts, safety tips, and resources to help families create personalized emergency plans and disaster preparedness packages. The public can also sign up to receive free public safety alerts via text or email through a community notification system called CodeRED. Information on both tools is available on the Fire Department’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov, along with safety tips for various situations.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization committed to providing top quality service with integrity, respect and responsibility. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11elargest province and provides comprehensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the country’s 8ebusiest airport, air quality compliance, social services, and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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