The Great Shakeout program was started in 2008 and has since spread around the world with most areas across North America holding their drills on International ShakeOut Day, October 18 at 10:18 local time.
More than 20 million people in the United States, from all states and territories, participate each year along with millions of others worldwide. 2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of ShakeOut, which was first held in Southern California in 2008.
Participating is easy. Just follow the steps below. These simple steps could save you and your family during the quake and speed your recovery following it.
Register – You count too!
By registering yourself and your family as participants in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills at ShakeOut.org you can join the millions of other people in Southern California and all across North America in taking just a few minutes to practice what to do when an Earthquake strikes.
Between now and October 18:
- Consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes your area. Plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to protect yourself and then recover quickly.
- Talk to other people about what they have done and encourage them to join you in getting more prepared.
- Download Audio and Video “Drill Broadcast” recordings to provide instructions during your drill and may make the drills more real.
October 18, 10:18 a.m.:
- Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).
Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes! (See this page for what to do if you are in bed, outside, driving, in a tall building, or other situations.) For people with disabilities or access and functional needs, download the State’s preparedness guide.
- While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?
- Practice what you will do after the shaking stops.
- A great extra step is to practice how to communicate with family, friends, and co-workers. Texting first before making phone calls is highly recommended. Learn more from ShakeOut partner Safe America Foundation and their “Text First. Talk Second” campaign, including how to hold a texting drill.
Reflect on Lessons Learned
After your drill is complete, have discussions about what was learned and incorporate these lessons into your disaster plan.
More information and checklists are available here on the RHA Earthquake page