City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:101718
Community Encouraged to Participate in the ‘Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill on October 18
Reggie Harrison
Department of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Communications

The City of Long Beach is encouraging all residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to take part in this year’s "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drill on Thursday, October 18, at 10:18 a.m. The Great ShakeOut drill provides residents with an opportunity to practice the earthquake survival skills, “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” The Great ShakeOut drill began in California in 2008, and it is expected that more than 40 million people will participate in this year’s drill from across the U.S. and in many countries worldwide.

“I encourage all community members to take part in the Great ShakeOut drill and be better prepared for when the next major earthquake hits,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We want all residents and visitors to know what to do before, during and after the ground begins to shake.”

The Great ShakeOut is a simulated drill of what to do during a real earthquake to reduce the chance of injury.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following actions during an earthquake:

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you        from being knocked down.
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk        is nearby, and if able, crawl underneath it for shelter.
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

The Long Beach Civic Center and most City facilities are participating in the drill. To sign up, or for more information, those interested can visit

“While earthquakes are unpredictable, preparation efforts can greatly reduce physical injuries and property damage,” said Reggie Harrison, Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications. “Research shows that when people practice what to do ahead of time, they are more likely to respond instinctively with the correct action during an emergency.”

As the City of Long Beach continues to enhance its emergency preparedness message, residents are strongly advised to prepare to be self-sufficient for at least five days in the event of a large-scale incident. People are advised to create an emergency plan for their home and family, put together an emergency supply kit (food, water, tools, etc.,) and make sure all family members know how to contact one another. Further, all residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert LongBeach, the City’s mass notification system, as well as learn basic emergency medical techniques through Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training ( or the American Red Cross. To learn more about Disaster Preparedness, residents can visit

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as response, recovery, and mitigation for major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.

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