2013 ShakeOut! Earthquake Drills

At 10:17 am on 10/17, participants all over the world will Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, a global initiative for schools, organizations, and individuals to prepare, practice, and share experiences and best practices.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

ShakeOut’s Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions shows us how to protect ourselves during an earthquake with the basic actions.

DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

Register for ShakeOut Participation

Individuals and organizations can register to officially participate in the 2013 ShakeOut. In addition to participating in the drill, registration also provides email updates and multimedia resources.

From Registration to Drill

In the days leading to the global drill, examine your local environment. Familiarize yourself with the ShakeOut documentation and multimedia instructions to prepare for an earthquake in your area. Determine the best options to Drop, Cover, and Hold On in the areas you frequent most like your home, school, and work locations.

Drill Day

Though most participants will drill at 10:17 am on October 17th, some may find an alternate time and date more productive. During the drill, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Stay down for at least 60 seconds and examine the area to identify potential hazards…heavy objects, unstable items, and other dangers that might present problems during an earthquake. Examine and practice your post-quake response and actions.

Study and Share

Before and after earthquake drills consult ShakeOut’s resources for additional information, best practices, and lessons learned to refine your earthquake preparation and action plan. Share your experiences with your local community and the global ShakeOut community to prepare for earthquakes in your area and in travel destinations all over the world.