On Wednesday, October 14, people signed up for reverse 911 should get a message announcing that on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. Pacific County will participate in the largest earthquake drill in the nation: The Great ShakeOut.
Earthquakes can happen anywhere, so everyone should know how to protect themselves when an earthquake occurs. Coastal earthquakes can be followed by tsunamis - which is why the Great Washington ShakeOut includes a tsunami drill.
Washington's network of All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) sirens will be tested around 10:15 a.m. on October 15 using the wailing sound of a tsunami warning, not the Westminster Chimes that are used during the monthly tests. PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911.
The wailing sound will be followed by this message in English and Spanish: "This is a test of the siren alert system. If you are in a low coastal area, test your evacuation route. If this had been a real emergency, you should follow evacuation routes, move to higher ground inland, now. Do not delay. Do not return until directed to do so. Tune into your local media sources for further instructions. This was only a test."
Register at www.ShakeOut.org/Washington to practice and improve your level of earthquake and tsunami safety. Everyone everywhere can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, government agencies, and organizations are all invited to join in at 10:15 a.m. on 10/15. Learn more about Washington's tsunami hazard at www.mil.wa.gov/tsunamis.