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Media Organizations

News media organizations (radio, TV, print, online) play a crucial role in informing people about the Great Washington ShakeOut. Media organizations, reporters, writers, and others are encouraged to participate in several ways:

  • Having your own earthquake drill on October 16, 2014 (see below)
  • Promoting participation in the Great Washington ShakeOut
  • Playing the Drill Broadcast (Radio/TV stations), and
  • Reporting about the Great Washington ShakeOut.

Other ways to participate:
Which media organizations
are participating?

Reporting the ShakeOut

Media contacts, advisories, news articles, participant updates, and other information about the Great Washington ShakeOut are listed on our News and Events page.


Countdown to ShakeOut for Organizations (PDF)


  • Register as an organization to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.

Between now and October 16:

  • Consider what may happen in a major earthquake and plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens your group will be able to recover quickly.

  • Talk to other neighborhood groups about what they have done, and encourage them to join you in getting more prepared.

  • Download and review the ShakeOut preparedness guide (PDF) for people with disabilities or access and functional needs.

  • Download Audio and Video "Drill Broadcast" recordings that have been created in English and Spanish to provide instructions during your drill. (Video versions have text captions)

October 16, 10:16 a.m.:

  1. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Have your members  Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes! (See this page for what to do if in bed, outside, driving, in a tall building, or other situations.)

  2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?

  3. (Optional) Practice what you will do after the shaking stops.

  4. After your drill is complete, have discussions about what was learned and incorporate these lessons into your disaster plan.


7 Steps to Earthquake Resilient Business

7 Steps to an Earthquake Resilient Business (PDF): 16-page booklet with instructions for what any organization can do to get prepare.

What you do before the next big earthquake will determine what life will be like afterwards:

  • Learn about the earthquake risk in your area.

  • Encourage your staff and their families to get prepared. More information is on our Prepare in a Year (PIY) site.

  • Do a facility inspection for non-structural items (bookshelves, equipment, etc.) that might fall and be damaged or cause injury and secure them.

  • Identify hazards and special needs in each department.

  • Develop, review or exercise your business continuity plan with employees to identify and practice their responsibilities.
    • Create or review your employee contact lists and communication plan.
    • Locate utility shut off valves; make sure employees know the location, procedure and responsibilities.
    • Inventory special skills within your organization useful in a disaster (amateur radio operator, search and rescue, etc.)
    • Invite your local Fire Department to your next meeting to explain earthquake safety practices and demonstrate fire extinguisher use to employees.
    • Include your critical need vendors in disaster planning. Create post-disaster agreements.

  • Organize or refresh your emergency equipment - fire extinguishers, first aid, flashlights, food, crank radios, satellite phones, generator, fuel; make sure employees know the location and how to utilize supplies.

  • Be prepared for the possibility that your employees may need to remain in place (PDF) for 2 – 3 days.
    • Store at least one gallon of water per person, per day.
    • What other supplies might you need if transportation routes were blocked and employees or customers needed to remain in your facility for an extended length of time?

  • Identify any structural weaknesses in your building: ask a local earthquake retrofitting contractor for a structural inspection, and develop a plan to address any issues. If you rent your facility, ask the building owner about the state of the building. Consider whether earthquake insurance is right for you.

  • Promote first responder and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for your employees.

  • Provide non-English speaking employees or customers with written preparedness information in their language.


ShakeOut Flyer For Media (PDF)

Audio and Video "Drill Broadcast" Recordings:

Inform Your Participants & Others

  • Encourage your employees to register as individuals to participate in the ShakeOut.

  • Post posters about ShakeOut in customer areas and on employee bulletin boards. Put ShakeOut flyers at your public counters. Include a flyer in paycheck envelopes, or an article in your newsletter.

  • Add a link to on your website; use one of several ShakeOut web banners.

  • Organize a brown bag lunch with your employees to share personal and family preparedness information and discuss what individuals and their families can do to ShakeOut. Have everyone register while at the lunch.

  • Once your business is registered, you will receive ShakeOut preparedness tips, event updates, and more. Forward these to your membership and ask them to register, and forward the e-mails to everyone who matters to them. With your help this can become the largest earthquake drill in Washington history!

  • Encourage your vendors to register and participate in the ShakeOut. Their preparedness affects your company’s preparedness.

  • Design and host preparedness events to encourage your community to join the ShakeOut and prepare for disasters. Create alliances with other businesses to make the event a bigger success.
©2014 SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
The Great Washington 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!