Earthquake Preparedness Exercise

Written By: Bradley Thomas

Because fault lines can be found within the state, California is prone to earthquakes. Most earthquakes are minor occurrences and are typically too weak for anyone to notice but occasionally, earthquakes are large enough not only to be felt, but to deliver a lot of damage. In the event of such an earthquake, it is necessary to take shelter for protection against falling objects and debris. Since large magnitude earthquakes are rare, it is understandable that normal California residents often overlook the importance of preparedness.  In order to stress the importance of preparedness, the state of California regularly holds state-wide earthquake drills.

On October 20, 2016 and October 19, 2017, MindSpark participated in its own earthquake drill. The participation in this event helped MindSpark analysts understand what to do in the event of a devastating earthquake.  MindSpark is not the only organization that takes the threat of earthquakes seriously. We were just one of a number of different companies that participated in the Great California ShakeOut which was help across the state. MindSpark employees are now trained to duck and cover, remain in cover until the earthquake ends, and evacuate the building safely. When employees have evacuated the building and gathered at the designated safety location, MindSpark leadership conducts a headcount.

More than 10.5 million individuals participated in 2016’s Great California ShakeOut. In addition to California, helped organize such drills across the country and around the world. Other parts of the United States that participated included Alaska, Oregon, Washington State, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa.  Other parts of the world that participated included New Zealand, parts of Canada, and the southern region of Italy.  Even individuals, schools, companies, and other organizations participated in this earthquake preparedness exercise, and they can be found at here.

If you would like more information about the ShakeOut, visit their website at

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