Get Ready to Shake Out

Promotional image for the 2019 Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct 17

On October 17 at 10:17 am, millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts agree that this is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you. The annual ShakeOut drill is your opportunity to practice how you’ll safely respond. Learn what to do, and what not to do.

Graphic showing how to stay safe during an earthquake by Drop (to the floor), Cover (under a table or sturdy furniture) and Hold On (until the shaking stops)

What to do during an earthquake