(GHS/OCD) – Guam will take part in the world’s largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut. On Thursday, October 18, 2018 at exactly 10:18 a.m. (ChST), participants are encouraged to practice the earthquake response procedure “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as advised by the Great ShakeOut organization. The drill will last for one minute.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in support of the Great Guam ShakeOut, island-wide earthquake drill, will sound off fifteen (15) of the All Hazards Alert Warning Systems throughout low-lying areas across the island on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.
Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Alert” tone heard here:
The October 18 test of the AHAWS sirens is separate from the pre-scheduled monthly test. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a monthly basis and will typically fall on the first Tuesday of each month.
The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be sounded during the Great Guam ShakeOut:
1. GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights
2. Agat Marina
3. JFK High School
4. Talofofo Elementary School
5. Asan Mayor’s Office
6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End
7. Inarajan Elementary School
8. Yona Mayor’s Office
9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac
10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo
11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
12. Port Authority of Guam
13. Agat Senior Citizen’s Center
14. Hotel Nikko Guam
15. Tamuning Mayor’s Office
To participate in this year’s ShakeOut, residents can register online at http://www.shakeout.org/guam/ or call (671) 475-9600. The ShakeOut website provides drill manuals, tips on earthquake safety and other resources for developing a disaster plan. Residents may register as an individual, family, school, business, or other group and are encouraged to share photos of their ShakeOut experience on the Great Guam ShakeOut website.
Island residents will join over 20 million ShakeOut participants from across the world including CNMI, the continental United States, Hawaii, British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Southern Italy, Japan, and other regions.