Last Thursday Ivy Law Group participated in the Great Washington ShakeOut, which was a scheduled earthquake drill occurring at 10:18 a.m. About 720,000 people in the state took part in the drill, as well as almost 12.5 million participants worldwide (although all international drills did not take place at the same time.) The purpose of the drill is to increase preparedness and therefore to decrease the potential for injuries and damage.
We conducted the drill at our office, a 100-year-old house in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. At the stroke of 10:18, Jessica hollered “Earthquake!” and we all got under our desks, which are supplied with whistles and water. Our “earthquake” lasted one minute, and then we did a health and safety check of the staff and building. We are happy to report minor damage! Finally, we updated our emergency supply kit.
The majority of our state is prone to earthquakes, and a small amount of preparation can go a long way toward easing the effects of a disaster. (Just this past Saturday a magnitude 7.7 quake hit the west coast of Canada.) At Ivy Law Group we believe strongly in preparedness. Call or email and find out about our rule of the Seven P’s! Or learn more about earthquake preparedness and how to register for next year’s drill by visitinghttp://www.shakeout.org/washington/.