The Great Shakeout Earthquake Exercise will take place this Thursday at 10:17am.
Grays Harbor Radio, along with Grays Harbor County Emergency Management and businesses and agencies across the Twin Harbors will join together for the earthquake drill. The event will be the largest earthquake exercise in the world with the entire West Coast of the United States participating.
The Grays Harbor and Pacific County AHAB sirens will all be activated as part of the test, with the actual tsunami siren tone, followed by a voice message. Residents are invited to use this time to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as if it were a real emergency.
It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast a wail tone for the full three minute warning instead of a chime. In addition, the voice message will differ from the monthly test.
The exercise should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete and is meant to provide awareness to all citizens to best protect themselves, and others during a real earthquake.
Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace says that, “The Great Shakeout provides an opportunity to show your employees and citizens that they are a priority.”
In addition to the AHAB sirens, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will also test the use of their emergency notification system, calling all landlines and registered phones in the county. Calls are expected to take place during the afternoon and evening on October 17th. To receive emergency notifications on your cell or VoIP phone, you must register at http://www.hyper-reach.com/wapacificsignup.html.
NOAA weather radios set to receive the required monthly test will also activate during this test.
State officials hope more than 1 million people will participate in Washington. As of this morning, 766,000 people are registered for the drill in the state, over 5,000 in Grays Harbor and 4,000 in Pacific County.