A number of officials joined in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill this morning, including the governor and officials of the Guam Guard.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, a former nurse, has always stressed the importance of preparedness and she joined the earthquake drill at Adelup, practicing the earthquake response procedure; “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”
Officials of the Guam Guard also joined various public and private offices as well as schools in practicing the earthquake drill.
The Great ShakeOut took place at exactly 10:17 a.m. (ChST), providing the opportunity to evaluate emergency plans, increase awareness of earthquake safety, and improve resiliency within the community.
Even with the Great Shakeout exercise over, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) encourage all residents to continue increasing earthquake preparedness and response by practicing how to protect themselves during an earthquake and how to ensure an earthquake disaster does not become a catastrophe.
The ShakeOut website (https://www.shakeout.org/) provides drill manuals, tips on earthquake safety and other resources for developing a disaster plan.
Over 60 million ShakeOut participants from across the world from U.S., Hawaii, British Columbia, CNMI, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Southern Italy, and other various regions participated in today’s exercise.