The cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Clark County and the Clark County School District (CCSD) will join participants throughout the state in taking part in the 2012 Great Nevada ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:18 a.m. on October 18.
The Great Nevada ShakeOut is a day of special events featuring 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.
According to Dr. Graham Kent, UNR Seismology Lab, Nevada is the third of fourth most active state in the union behind Alaska and Florida, as it relates to earthquake activity.
“With 2.7 million people living and working in Nevada, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterward. That’s why drills like these are so important, so we can be prepared.”
All Clark County schools will be taking part in the emergency drill.
"CCSD is making sure our students are prepared to respond properly in the event of an earthquake," said CCSD Associate Superintendent, Facilities Division Paul Gerner. "Knowing what to do when the floor starts moving will save lives, and the very small amount of time spent participating in drills will make a difference in an emergency situation."
This week’s event in the schools came to reality after Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington in May tasked Capt. Scott Straily with researching how earthquake drills could be implemented in the district. In June, Straily met with school district leaders and a partnership was formed. Other regional fire departments also came on board to support the effort. Additionally, county fire personnel worked with video staff from Clark County Television (CCTV) to produce training videos for local educators and fire personnel as well as audio files for use in the drills.
“It’s important that our citizens and our school children know how to respond to all kinds of emergencies, including earthquakes,” said County Commission Chair Susan Brager. “So, I’m proud that our fire department took the lead earlier this year in engaging the school district and working to educate our kids and our community at-large about what to do in the event of an emergency. I want to thank Fire Chief Bertral Washington, Deputy Chief Erik Newman, Fire Capt. Scott Straily, CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones and his administration for all their hard work to help make the Great Nevada Shakeout a great success not only in our schools, but community-wide.”
Local governments will be participating in the drill at their government buildings, including participation from their fire departments at area schools.
“While I am confident that our community is well-prepared to manage 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 Andy Hafen.
North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck added, "North Las Vegas is pleased to participate in the Great Nevada Shakeout. We recognize that when disaster strikes, being prepared can significantly help save lives and speed recovery time."
For more information, visit www.ShakeOut.org/nevada.