LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emergency response authorities are urging Californians to take earthquake preparedness seriously and plan on having to take care of themselves for up to two weeks in a disaster.

Experts gathered Thursday at a Los Angeles County Fire Department training facility drew attention to the issue of personal readiness in advance of the Oct. 21 “Great California ShakeOut.”

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The annual statewide earthquake drill will see millions of people dive under desks and tables at the same time to practice the drop, cover and hold technique for surviving a temblor.

Friday is the 23rd anniversary of the magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake, which killed eight people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in eastern Los Angeles County.

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