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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Get Ready To Rock And Roll Great California Shake Out October 17th At 10:17

The 2013 Great California #ShakeOut Earthquake Drill 

 In total more than 17 million people worldwide will practice earthquake safety Thursday (23 million during all of 2013). Even more will see and learn what to do through your example.

If you are registered for this year's drill, thank you! If you participated in the past but have not yet renewed your registration for 2013, there is still time to renew at

Recent registrants are encouraged to review previous ShakeOut updates that you may have missed. 

Last-minute basic instructions for your drill
Some ShakeOut drills may last all day, while most are just a few minutes. ShakeOut drill manuals provide instructions for simple to advanced drills. You may also want to review our new Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions document (which includes situations when you cannot get beneath a table).

Drop, Cover, and Hold On graphicHere is how to have a basic Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill, and what to do after (additional instructions for how to participate are also available for each ShakeOut participation category).
  • If you have downloaded the drill broadcast, prepare in advance (test your speakers or P.A. system) to play it at 10:17. You can also listen to one of the many radio or TV stations statewide that are playing the broadcast.
  • women beneath a desk practicing drop, cover, and hold onAt 10:17, practice how you will Drop, Cover, and Hold On, for at least 60 seconds (the length of the drill broadcast):
    -  DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
    -  Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and
    -  HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops
  • After the drill talk with people about what might happen in a real earthquake, what you learned by practicing, and how you can reduce the risk of injury (at home, work, or school) by securing your space.
  • A great extra step for after your "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill is to practice how you will communicate after a damaging earthquake. Learn how to "Text First. Talk Second." from ShakeOut partner Safe America Foundation, including how to hold a texting drill.
  • After your drill, share photos, stories, and videos on our website or by joining the conversation on your favorite social media platform such as Facebook or Twitter (use #ShakeOut).

Who will ShakeOut with You? 
Join Us for the Largest Earthquake Drill in U.S. History Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or your family travel, or perhaps where you or your children may live one day. There is still time to invite your friends, family, and colleagues to participate in this year's ShakeOut. A one minute Drop, Cover, and Hold On earthquake drill may one day minimize injuries or save their life. Spread the word at family gatherings, community events, and work meetings, and online via social media. You can also place one of the ShakeOut web banners on your organization's website, distribute flyers, and use other materials available on the ShakeOut Resources page.

Thank you for your participation in this historic event and for your commitment to disaster preparedness!

The Great California ShakeOut

About us: This year, ShakeOut is 10/17 at 10:17
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ALL California should learn about tsunamis, even those who live far inland (they may visit the beach!). Visit the California Geological Survey'sTsunami Webpage to learn more.

Communication Drill

A great step for after your "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill 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.


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