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SIgn Up for Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill: National Event Allows Individual to Practice Response

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October 9, 2018
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DENVER – On Thursday, October 18, FEMA encourages you to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut; joining millions of others and practicing what to do when an earthquake strikes: drop, cover, and hold on. The event occurs at 10:18 a.m. local time. The Great ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to protect yourself during earthquakes: "Drop, Cover, and Hold On."

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows).
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.

HOLD ON until shaking stops.

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts.
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Individuals and groups can register for the Shakeout and learn additional earthquake preparedness tips online.

Within FEMA Region VIII, the greatest earthquake risks are in Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.  However, even residents of areas with lesser risk are encouraged to participate, because you could be visiting a higher risk area for work or personal travel, and earthquakes occur with little to no warning.

Additional how-to-prepare guides for individuals and playbooks for conducting drills, discussions, and exercises are available at


Last Updated: 
October 9, 2018 - 16:46