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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


September is National Preparedness Month—Join others in being disaster prepared, not scared!

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. Many of us know the importance of having emergency supplies on hand, but have you thought about the family communications, financial protection, and community support aspects of disaster planning? These actions are critical for surviving and recovering from a catastrophic incident.

To support you in these activities, King County Emergency Management provides weekly #KingCountyReady preparedness tips on social media, and there’s lots of good information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s preparedness website—including information in multiple languages.