That was the premise of the Great California ShakeOut, a drill that City of Aliso Viejo employees and some local schools and businesses observed on October 15. The annual ShakeOut provides people with an opportunity to practice how to protect themselves during earthquakes.
Unless you are driving, the simple answer if the ground starts to shake is to drop, take cover and hold on.
If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Don’t try to run to another room just to get under a table.If in bed, stay there. Hold on until the shaking stops. Protect your head with a pillow.
If outdoors, stay outdoors, as injuries are more likely if you try to move around. Try to stay clear of wires, buildings or anything else that could fall on you. If there’s nothing sturdy to get under, sit until the shaking stops.
If driving, coast to the side of the road, stop and set the parking brake. Avoid bridges and overhead hazards.
In addition to the City, other Aliso Viejo entities that took part in the drill included Oak Grove Elementary School, Aliso Niguel High School, Journey School, Wood Canyon Elementary School, Aliso Viejo Christian School, Clarient Diagnostic Services and the United Parcel Service, among others.