Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Conquering the instinct to run – Drop, Cover and Hold

Practice makes perfect, or in this case practice may help save your life. Wednesday, April 20, at 9:45 am is a Washington Statewide Drop, Cover and Hold Earthquake exercise. Will you be a leader and agree to participate? It only takes 3 minutes of your time and could help you and those you care about survive. If you’re not available at this exact time, practice it right now or schedule a time for your team or family to do this together.

Instincts take over without exercising or learning a new practice. If you’re outside, the instinct will be to run inside. The opposite is true if you are already inside. Experts have shown us that people in our country generally get hurt by falling objects, toppling bookcases, breaking windows, flying dishes, falling televisions, collapsing fireplaces, or shifting furniture - not collapsing structures.

Instead of running, do the following:
· Drop under something sturdy and taller than you are.
· Cover the back of your head and neck with one arm.
· Hold on in case the item you’re under moves.

Click on this link to get more information on Drop, Cover, Hold or other preparedness topics.

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