Residents, organizations, and government agencies are being encouraged to participate in the annual CNMI-wide earthquake drill, the “2013 Great CNMI ShakeOut,” which will take place today, Oct. 17, at 10:17am.
“While earthquakes are dangerous as a stand-alone-hazard, the disaster they can trigger—fires, structural damages, landslides and tsunami—can add to the devastation. A tsunami following an earthquake can often cause more damage than the shaking alone,” said Gov. Eloy Inos in a statement yesterday.
The “2013 Great CNMI ShakeOut” earthquake drill incorporates preparedness for earthquake-related tsunamis. As part of this focus, communities across the CNMI will join this nationwide education effort and participate in ShakeOute drills.
“All individuals, families, schools, organizations, businesses and government agencies in the CNMI have a vital role in the emergency preparedness essential to maintaining the lifestyles and livelihoods we enjoy here in our islands. This year, when considering ways to be earthquake-prepared, please also take a moment to learn how to be tsunami-ready and help address the issues of tsunami following an earthquake,” Inos said.
By registering to participate in the “2013 Great CNMI ShakeOut” annual CNMI-wide earthquake drill, “you and your organization will have the unique opportunity to partner with CNMI emergency managers, scientists, and community leaders to develop your own preparedness strategy for surviving and recovering from any disaster, including a catastrophic earthquake and the tsunami it may cause,” the statement adds.
The CNMI, along with the nation and other countries, will be part of the Great ShakeOut 2013.
Join today by registering at www.shakeout.org/cnmi to participate in the 2013 Great CNMI ShakeOut. “We hope you can play your drill for that time, but you may also drill anytime within two weeks of the ShakeOut date to be counted as a participant. Working together, we can better protect ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and communities,” Inos said. (Office of the Governor)