The Great Idaho ShakeOut

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Updated: 10/17/2013 6:59 pm

 The Great Idaho ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes.

"Because when things go bad really quickly, people tend to panic, and you get the adrenaline taken over, and they may not think clearly, and we believe that when things go bad quickly, you revert to your most repetitious form of training or practice,” said Lt. Paul Manning, Pocatello Police.

Earthquakes are one of the disasters that could happen in our area. Today City of Pocatello employees practiced for what could be a major catastrophe here.

"You know we have had some recent earthquakes in Wyoming, we have had some recent shaking in Yellowstone. We have a fault line in this immediate area,” Lt. Manning added.

The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage the community to review and update preparedness plans. Lt. Manning stresses that part of being prepared is having a 72 hour kit and a rally point where you and family members can meet.

City employees said they were pleased with how the drill went.

"It went pretty smoothly, we were all very prepared, we knew it was going to be happening about what time, but it's always good to be prepared, and be ready for any kind of an evacuation or any kind of an emergency, said Deputy Clerk, Konni

Lt. Manning said the entire drill only took about 15 minutes, and that amount of time can go a long way when it comes to preparing for an emergency situation.


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