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Posted on: October 2, 2018

The Great ShakeOut

Drop Cover & Hold On

Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes, whether they live, work, or travel to an area where earthquakes are common.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are annual opportunities to learn and practice earthquake safety with millions of people worldwide!

Each year, ShakeOut participants in schools, businesses, non-profits, government agencies, neighborhoods, organizations, and households all across the world practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” and other aspects of their emergency plans.

The goal of ShakeOut is to encourage people and organizations to be prepared to survive and to recover quickly when the next big earthquake happens.

ShakeOut began in Southern California in 2008. Since then ShakeOut has grown to include participation across the United States and several other countries. More than 56.2 million people worldwide participated in 2017.

The 2018 International ShakeOut Day is October 18, with most people participating at 10:18 am local time (10:18 on 10/18).

Participation is free and may take only a few minutes, depending on drill plans. Learn more and register to participate at

The Great ShakeOut
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