Public warning system to support earthquake drill

San Francisco’s outdoor public warning system will be used to guide workers, residents and visitors through a mass earthquake training drill scheduled next week.

The Great California Shakeout is an earthquake training exercise scheduled to take place at 10:15 a.m. on Oct 15, two days before the 20th anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.

During the training drill, participants will practice dropping to the ground, taking cover under a desk or table and holding on to something.

More than 6 million people have been registered to take part in the exercise, according to a website created by drill organizers. Most participants were registered by employers planning office-wide drills.

For the first time, some participants will be able to hear instructions to drop, cover and hold bellowed through the 92 public warning systems scattered across The City, according to Vicki Hennessy, Acting Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management.

 
 

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