Californians must get better prepared before the next big earthquake, and practice how to protect ourselves when it happens. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.
Scroll down for basic instructions for how individuals, families, and other households (roommates, etc.) can plan their drill, tips for getting prepared, and suggestions for sharing the ShakeOut with others. With your participation, this may be the largest earthquake drill ever!
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The Jessop family did their drill at home, catching their four home-schooled children off guard.
They dropped, covered and held on, and they also practiced giving medical attention, checking the utilities, and inspecting the house’s structure. They also made a list of emergency supplies they would get soon.
They feel at peace knowing exactly what to do, and now plan to participate in a drill each year.
Between now and October 20:
October 20, 10:20 a.m.:
What we do now, before the earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after. The following are key actions from the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety which has additional things you can do to prepare.