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ShakeOut Resources

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The materials on this page are available to you or your organization to support your participation in the ShakeOut and to promote awareness and preparedness.

Drill Manuals and Other Planning Documents

ShakeOut Drill Manual for K-12 Schools
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Businesses
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Non Profits and Other Organizations
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Government Agencies and Facilities
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Healthcare (PDF)
Countdown to ShakeOut for Organizations (PDF)

NEW! Options for Government Agency Participation and Outreach (PDF)
NEW! College Registration Guidelines and Participation Resources
NEW! 2014 ShakeOut Social Media Messaging (Word)

Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (including situations when you cannot get beneath a table) (PDF | RTF)

Updated! Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (8 pages) (PDF | RTF)

Updated! Key Earthquake Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (2 pages) (PDF | RTF)

Earthquake and Tsunami DAFN Preparedness Video (Sign Language and Open Captioned)

2012 Idaho ShakeOut Messaging Packet (Created by FEMA, Word)


Audio and Video "Drill Broadcast" recordings created to provide instructions during your Drop, Cover, Hold On drill.

Additional Videos from California that may be useful for understanding or promoting the ShakeOut.

Radio PSA (Right-click or control-click to download): Mario Lopez


Download these PDF files that can be printed at 8.5x11 as flyers, or printed larger as posters.

Poster Get Redy
"Get Ready to ShakeOut"
Color (PDF)
Black & White (PDF)
Poster Join Us
"Join Us"
Color (185 KB PDF)
Black & White (PDF)
Poster Dont Freak Out
"ShakeOut. Don't Freak Out."
Color (PDF)
Black & White (PDF)

Poster Get Ready Frame
"Get Ready to ShakeOut"
Color (PDF)
Poster Join Us Frame
"Join Us"
Color (PDF)
Poster Dont Freak Out Frame
"ShakeOut. Don't Freak Out."
Color (PDF)

Poster What to do
"Drop, Cover, Hold on"
What To Do (PDF)
Poster Protect Youself
"Drop, Cover, Hold on"
Protect Yourself (PDF)

    Custom Flyers for each Category (PDF files)

Individuals and Families
Childcare and Preschool
K-12 Schools and Districts
Youth Organizations
Colleges and Universities
Federal Government
State Government
Local Government
Neighborhood Groups

Senior Facilities/Communities
Disability/AFN Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Preparedness Organizations
Faith-based Organizations
Museums, Libraries, Parks, etc.
Volunteer/Service Clubs
Animal Shelter/Service Providers/
Volunteer Radio Groups
Science/Engineering Organizations
Hotels and other Lodgings
Media Organizations

Generic flyer for all categories

Web Banners

Banner Get Ready

You can place a ShakeOut web banner on your web page to encourage participation in the ShakeOut.

Educational Resources

NEW! Earthquake Resources Organized by the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

  • Topics include: What causes earthquakes, how to structures respond, how are tsunamis formed, and more
  • Resources include: videos and animations, games, coloring pages/books, photo galleries, maps, posters, and much more

Additional educational resources in the Schools Section

Suggested ShakeOut Descriptions For Newsletters, Web Pages, etc.

Multiple descriptions of different lengths in a single Word document. (120 KB)

Sample Resolution Draft

Download a sample draft resolution of intent to participate, as a Word document (33 KB)


While we can not stop a huge earthquake from occurring, we can be prepared. Learn more about earthquake safety and how you can get prepared at the following sites:

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

ShakeOut: How to Participate

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country, Your Handbook for Earthquakes in Idaho

Information in Multiple languages

U.S. Geological Survey

©2014 SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
The Great Idaho ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!