Great Shakeout coming October 20th

Do not be alarmed it is only a test.

On Thursday October 20th, at 10:20am, The Great Shakeout Earthquake Exercise will initiate.

This continues to be the largest earthquake exercise ever conducted worldwide.

Please be aware that many government offices, businesses and all Grays Harbor County schools will be evacuating during the exercise.

Use extreme caution as you drive throughout the county.

All AHAB Sirens will activate with the actual, full 3 minute siren along with a voice message announcing the test and then again following the siren.

The All Hazard Weather Radios will only activate with the required weekly test at 10:20am and only in coastal communities such as Grays Harbor County and Pacific County.

Some weather radios will not activate because they do not receive weekly test messages.

If you are not sure whether your All Hazard Weather Radio is functioning properly, push the radio button.

You should hear the 24 hour weather forecast message.

If you do not hear a voice transmission, you may need to reconfigure the radio or move it to another area.

As part of the exercise, is asking all government buildings, schools, businesses and private citizens to practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” procedures.

Since most families are NOT together for this event, please consider discussing your family disaster plans over the weekend so all family members are fully aware what is expected from each person.

The exercise should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete and is to provide awareness to all citizens, enabling them to best protect themselves, their staff, students and family members during an earthquake event.

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