The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Annual Multi-State Earthquake Drill


At 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2016, millions of people will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, the region's largest earthquake drill ever! All local governments and their agencies are encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a more extensive exercise). Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community. Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? To respond quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.


Millions of people worldwide have participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills since 2008. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is now held on the third Thursday of October each year. Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, colleges, government agencies and organizations are all invited to register.


Here are a few suggestions for what local governments and agencies can do to participate in the ShakeOut. More information is at Plan Your Drill: • Register at to be counted as participating, get email updates, and more. • Download a Drill Broadcast recording from • Have a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill at 10:20 a.m. on October 20. Coordinate an exercise of your emergency plan. • Discuss what you learned and make improvements. Get Prepared for Earthquakes: • Check your emergency supplies and equipment; make sure they are accessible and functional. • Inspect your facilities for items that might fall and cause injury, and secure them. • Encourage employees to prepare at home. • Provide first aid and response training for employees. Share the ShakeOut: • Encourage employees to ask their friends, families, and neighbors to register. • Agencies with outreach roles can include ShakeOut messaging in their routine activities. • Find posters, flyers, and other materials for promoting the ShakeOut at