An earthquake can strike anytime, anywhere: you can be at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation. Do you know how you should react in this kind of emergency? 

Learning and practicing earthquake safety is an excellent idea for everyone. The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” 

This year the event will take place on October 17th at 10:17 AM PST

ShakeOut also has been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries. 

Join along millions of people worldwide lo practice how to drop, cover, and hold on during the Great ShakeOut Day.

Get ready for the ShakeOut drill: What is “Drop, Cover and Hold on”? 

If an earthquake hit while you are inside a building, Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) recommends not to move more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On: 

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and 
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops. Stay indoors until the shaking stops, and you are sure it is safe to exit.

If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.

Be ready for International ShakeOut Day!  We are all in this together. 

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Source: (2019). Great ShakeOut 

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