MCSO gets with earthquake preparedness

mcsostationMono County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the 2014 California Great Shakeout  (MCSO press release)

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office, along with millions of people, schools and organizations nationwide, will participate in earthquake preparedness, communication and drills as part of the Great Shakeout on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m. Participants will “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” practicing the appropriate protective actions to take in response to an earthquake. Everyone should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake, especially in an area prone to earthquakes like Mono County.

The 2014 California Shakeout Earthquake drill is an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools and organizations to practice what to do during an earthquake and how to improve preparedness. The recent swarms of earthquakes that have happened in recent weeks in Mono County have people thinking about the potential of the “big one” in this area. The Great Shakeout comes as the perfect opportunity to think preparedness and put plans into action.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office encourages all residents and visitors to sign up in the CodeRed Emergency Alert System, which will be used to communicate preparedness and disaster recovery information in the case of an actual earthquake. For residents, visitors and businesses interested in signing up for CodeRed alerts, please visit  – Resources – CodeRed.

During an earthquake, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office will use the CodeRed system to let people know when it is safe to exit their homes, businesses or other buildings. The CodeRed system may also be used to communicate post-earthquake aid information including shelters, outages and government closures. The CodeRed system alerts you via landline, mobile phone and email. Notifications will also be delivered through the CodeRed Mobile Alert app, available on the App Store and Google Play, giving everyone the ability to receive instant alerts on their smartphone if you are on-the-go.

“We know the CodeRed system can save lives, but we can’t contact you if we don’t have your information. The Great Shakeout is a great event to remind everyone to be prepared and informed about earthquakes,” said Jennifer Hansen, MCSO Public Information Officer.

We hope you will participate with us! For more information about the Great Shakeout, including tips to help practice, prepare and be ready to respond to an earthquake, please visit

Written and prepared by Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

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2 Responses to MCSO gets with earthquake preparedness

  1. Wayne Deja October 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    If there were to be a major earthquake or other really big,bad event up here, let’s hope this “code-red” thing will work a lot better than the emergency on 9/11 did in NYC after the first plane hit the first tower….with the “authorities” telling people that had already evacuated tower # 2 it was “safe and O.K. ” to go back into their offices and place of work,that they were in no danger…Don’t know,maybe it’s just me thinking this way,but if there were a major earthquake in our area,I like to think I would more-or-less know what to do on my own,whether to exit my home or business or not, without sitting on my couch with my “I-Phone,mobile-app,or cell phone” waiting on someone to call me and tell me what I should be doing…dunno,maybe it’s just me thinking that way.

  2. Frank October 15, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    “For residents, visitors and businesses interested in signing up for CodeRed alerts, please visit – Resources – CodeRed.”

    FYI, the mono sheriff website is vulnerable to the heartbleed bug. Or so my Firefox add-on reports.

    Otherwise it’s a terrific idea.


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