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The Great Southern California ShakeOut
The Great Southern California ShakeOut

The ShakeOut Drill

We're all in this together-- with your participation, ShakeOut will be the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history!

ShakeOut is concurrent with Golden Guardian 2008, the nation’s largest state sponsored emergency response exercise, involving 5,000 participants from dozens of state, local, and federal agencies.

Resources for participants and news media

An Earthquake Drill for the Record Books

At 10 a.m. on November 13, 2008, millions of people in homes, schools, businesses, government offices, and public places all over southern California will Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Why? An enormous earthquake is in our future, and the ShakeOut Drill is our chance to practicewhat to do when it happens.

Don’t miss out! Register today to be counted in the drill, get email updates, and much more.

Why is important to do a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill? Just as with anything, to act quickly you must practice, practice, practice. In a big earthquake, there may be very little time to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you. Most earthquakes have a sharp jolt a few seconds before the strong shaking, and we need to Drop, Cover, Hold On immediately when we feel the jolt. By practicing we will act quickly, rather than waiting to see if the earthquake will be large. If it is, it may be too late to protect yourself.

If you have received information that says that "Drop, Cover, Hold On" is dangerous and recommends an alternative called "Triangle of Life," please be assured that all reputable emergency organizations and emergency responders support "Drop, Cover Hold On." Our special report describes this issue in detail and provides links to statements from many organizations in support of Drop, Cover, and Hold On as the best action to take to protect yourself during earthquakes. Also, our new website at links to a great deal of information about what to do during earthquakes.

Select a Group to Learn How You Can Participate

Neighborhood Groups
CERT Groups
Scouting Groups
Colleges and Universities

Non-Profit Organizations
Faith-Based Groups
Medical Centers
Local Governments
Information in Multiple languages

You may find answers to your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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