The Great ShakeOut

Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes. Over 14 Million participants worldwide are registered for the 2013 Great ShakeOut Drill taking place on October 17th.  Are you one of them?

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The Great ShakeOut has been organized to encourage you, your community, and your organization to raise awareness, update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, government agencies, and others to participate in the ShakeOut, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share what you’re doing with others so they can do the same.

Begin by registering yourself or your organization to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.

Between now and the ShakeOut Drill:

  • Consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes your area. Plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to protect yourself and then recover quickly. See this page for what to do if you have a disability or an activity limitation.
  • Download Audio and Video “Drill Broadcast” recordings that have been created to provide instructions during your drill (Video versions have text captions).
  • Talk to other people or organizations about what they have done, and encourage them to join you in getting more prepared. Display posters around your community, classroom, or office space and provide flyers for further information.

The day of the drill:

  1. Drop, Cover and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes!
  2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?
  3. Finally, practice what your community will do after the shaking stops.

Learn more: http://www.shakeout.org/

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