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.