Friday, October 4, 2013

Let's Get Shakin!

In our line of business we love it when events such as ShakeOut promote the importance of Preparedness.  Join over 24 million people around the world in the largest earthquake drill EVER!

How to Participate

On the third Thursday of October a locally-driven, world wide “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill will take place called The Great ShakeOut. All residents, agencies, businesses, and organizations across the world are encouraged to take part in the largest earthquake drill in history! The following instructions can assist those wishing to coordinate a drill for their respective agency, business, organization and/or group. Going forward, you can customize and build a drill that suits your specific needs. You can also find additional drill options for those who want a greater challenge at  You can select your region to find customized resources for your area.

Simple Drop, Cover, and Hold On Drill:

This drill uses simple steps to inform individuals how to perform Drop, Cover, and Hold On – a quake-safe action designed to protect people from falling furniture and flying objects that can become projectiles during ground shaking.

BEFORE the Drill
  1. Register as an official participant at (Please note: individuals, families and businesses should only register once).
  2. Download posters and flyers from the ShakeOut Resources page to assist in promoting the drill.
  3. Inform your team:
    1. The date and time of your drill.
    2. How to correctly perform Drop, Cover, and Hold On, wherever they are.
    3. Your expectations for their participation (i.e. Drop/Cover/Hold On, gather at a central location for a head count, post-drill discussions).
    4. Encourage everyone to invite friends, families, and neighbors to register as individuals, businesses, agencies or organizations at, so they participate too and receive information directly on how to be safe during an earthquake.
  4. (Optional) Download realistic sound effects and safety information to play during your drill by downloading recordings from the ShakeOut Drill Broadcast.
DURING the Drill
  1. Announce that the earthquake drill has begun or begin playing downloaded recording and direct participants to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
    1. Count seconds out loud for the duration of the quake. This will help keep people focused and calm and will help you identify how long the earthquake lasts. The longer it lasts, the more cautious everyone will need to be.
    2. When the shaking stops (or when the all clear sounds) count to 60 to give things a chance to settle. Suggest that while under a sturdydesk or table they look around at what might fall on them in a real earthquake.
  2. After at least one minute or once the sound effects recording has ended, announce that the shaking is over and that everyone can stand up again. Thank them for participating.
  3. Encourage everyone to discuss their experiences with one another.
AFTER the Drill
  1. Ask for feedback on how the drill went.
  2. Schedule the next drill for one year later (or sooner).
  3. Share photos and stories at Share the ShakeOut.
  4. Encourage all to prepare at home.

Click Here to Join Over 24 Million People in ShakeOut Now

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