The western part of Southern California is highly susceptible to earthquakes and their effects. Numerous fault lines crisscross southern California and no one within the region lives more than 10 miles from an active fault.
At 10:20 a.m. Oct. 20, the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave., will participate in the 2011 Southern California Shakeout, the largest earthquake drill in United States history. The purpose of the drill is to motivate Southern Californians to be prepared for a big earthquake and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
Everyone at the library will get to participate in the drill and also will have a chance to win a first aid kit and other goodies. There will be lists of items you should have on hand, if you need to leave the area or need to survive without electricity or water for a period of time.