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October 18, 2012 at 4:54 AM

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Great Shakeout: Remember to duck, cover and hold on

CAdcho.pngAdvice for 10:18 Thursday morning: Duck, cover and hold on.

That’s the drill for the Great Quake that Wasn’t (we hope), all part of the 2012 Great ShakeOut in which 13 million people will be practicing what to do in case of a real earthquake.

More than 680,000 people in Washington state had signed up to participate as of Wednesday.

John Schelling, of the Washington Emergency Management Division, told Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton that the drill is meant to “get into our muscle memory to immediately get underneath something and protect our heads and necks.”

Duck, cover and hold on.

In addition, Schelling recommends doing one thing more during the day: Talk to your family about what to do in case of a quake, update your emergency contact list, check on emergency supplies.

Even if you haven’t become an official participant in the drill, you’d be wise to review earthquake safety tips.

For more information, check in with the Great Shakeout or get information from the Structural Engineers Association of Washington.

Duck, cover and hold on.

Photo from The 2012 Great ShakeOut web site.

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