Great Shake Out Drill

KPTZ’s Emergency Team is on board in case of any major emergency, and on Thursday October 18 we’re participating in the annual ShakeOut Drill. We join Willie Bence, Director of Jefferson County’s Department of Emergency Management, in sharing this information:

On Thursday, October 18, at 10:18am, please take a minute out of your busy lives to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” This exercise is simple, but should not be underrated.

Wherever you are at 10:18am Thursday morning, DROP under a sturdy table, desk or chair. COVER your head and your neck. HOLD ON to the object you are taking cover under to prevent it from moving over you.

If you are outside, move clear of any building facades, trees, and power lines that might fall. If you driving, slow down and pull off the roadway until the shaking stops.

If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone (up to 50 feet above sea level), once shaking stops, grab your go kit and head to higher ground. The Shakeout is a great opportunity to practice your route.

For more information on emergency preparedness or to sign up for Jefferson County Emergency Management’s Nixle emergency text alerts, head to

Alternatively, to sign up for Nixle alerts, simply text JEFFCODEM to 888777 to be automatically enrolled.