This month, many government agencies and businesses in the Southern California area are educating people to “drop, cover and hold on” when they feel the first tremors of an earthquake. It’s all leading up to an earthquake preparedness drill on Nov 13 dubbed The Great Southern California Shakeout.
South of the border, where earthquakes are the least of the region’s concerns these days, the Baja California State Preventive Police force is sharing some tips with residents in the event they get caught in the middle of a shooting.
It’s been a particularly violent October in the Tijuana/Rosarito Beach area with reportedly an unprecedented number of dumped bodies and shootings, and in a few cases the attacks have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders (a Zeta article profiles four of them). This, of course, isn’t scaring me from going there. In fact, I feel safer traveling there now than I did when I wrote about the drug cartels as a reporter. Still, it never hurts to be prepared – for an earthquake or a shootout. Here are some recommendations printed in Tijuana’s Frontera newspaper about what to do if you hear gunfire:
1) Keep at least 100 meters (330 feet) away from police operations and seek out alternative routes.
2) If you are in a car, “duck down, stay calm…and avoid escaping at a high speed,” presumably to prevent losing control of your own car.
3) If you are in the street, “throw yourself on the floor and hide behind trees, posts or cars.”
4) If you are inside a house, “hide behind furniture” and “stay away from the windows” (just like in an earthquake).
Screenshot from Frontera newspaper.