It's time for the ShakeOut earthquake drill.
The Humboldt Alert test set for today to coincide with the ShakeOut at 10:17 a.m. has been canceled due to a power outage in Southern Humboldt.
When the Humboldt Alert system triggers at 10:17 a.m. tomorrow, there’s no need to panic. The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services will be testing the warning program as part of the ShakeOut
earthquake drill. The alert, the OES notes, “will be clearly identified as a test."
The annual shakeout has millions of people around the world at schools, business, government agencies and more taking the time to “drop, cover and hold on” as a drill for what to do when an earthquake hits. And, if 10:17 a.m. doesn’t work, just pick another time, organizers say.
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And with the blackout barely behind us, this is also a great time to look at making sure that survival kit is stocked and ready, especially after the brief glimpse we all just had at what things might look like when the next big one strikes — whether it’s a quake, storm or Public Safety Power Shutoff.