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Henderson And NLV To Participate In The Great Nevada Shake Out

Shake Out Is Organized To Inspire Nevadans To Prepare For Big Earthquakes

October 17, 2018 - 2:41 pm
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HENDERSON, NV (KXNT) - People "shake out" throughout the Silver State and all over the United States, even in places that aren't prone to earthquakes. 

The City of Henderson will join participants throughout the state in taking part in the 2018 Great Nevada ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:18 a.m. on October 18.

The Great Nevada ShakeOut features the largest earthquake drill ever, organized to inspire Nevadans to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. The ShakeOut drill will occur in houses, businesses, and public spaces alike throughout Nevada at 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18, when everyone is being asked to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for several seconds as they would if there were an earthquake.

The state of Nevada is in “earthquake country.” It lies in one of the most seismically active regions in the U.S. (Nevada is third most seismically active state in the country).

“While I am confident that our community is continuing to prepare for an emergency, practice drills like the Great Nevada ShakeOut are a critical part of our efforts to keep residents safe during a disaster,” said Henderson Mayor Debra March.

For more information, visit www.ShakeOut.org/nevada or cityofhenderson.com/getready.

The city of North Las Vegas also wants to shake. 

At 10:18 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, the City of North Las Vegas will join organizations across the nation in participating in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.

During the drill, strobe lights at North Las Vegas City Hall and other city facilities will activate, an announcement will play through PA fire systems, and buildings will be evacuated of employees and customers. Once buildings are empty, safety officials will conduct a full review of each facility to check structures and systems. Members of the North Las Vegas Fire Department will be on site to monitor and observe the drill.

North Las Vegas schools that are part of the Clark County School District also will conduct earthquake drills. North Las Vegas firefighters will help monitor the school drills.

Emergency preparedness is essential to saving lives and minimizing damage. Members of the media are encouraged to attend and document this drill.