‘Great Shakeout’ hits California

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SAN DIEGO — Millions of Californians participated in “The Great Shakeout Drill” Thursday and the one-minute exercise is designed to teach life-saving lessons.

The next earthquake could strike at any time and the Red Cross is making sure San Diegans are prepared with the statewide earthquake drill.

“T‘Great Shakeout’ hits Californiahis helps you prepare for real earthquakes because you’ll know what to do,” 10-year-old Aileen Zuniga Guzman said.

More than 9 million Californians registered for the statewide drill with nearly 827,000 of those people in San Diego.

The Red Cross teamed up with San Diego Unified Schools Thursday to make sure students at Lewis Middle School were prepared.

Their main lesson: when the earth starts moving – drop, take cover and hold on to something until the shaking stops.

Once the bell simulating the earthquake ended, the students left the classroom for the playground, but the lesson didn’t stop there.

“These kids are going to go home and talk to their parents about what they did today and hopefully they share some of that information,” San Diego Imperial Country Red Cross CEO Tony Young said. “That’s one of the best ways to get in a home and teach these kids and their parents what to do.”

The Red Cross is reminding everyone to have an emergency kit ready with water, non-perishable food, batteries, prescription medicines, cash and a radio. You should also have plan in place and a list of emergency contacts.