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ShakeOut COVID-19 Resources


NEW! Powerpoints for leading 2020 ShakeOut Drills (Online or In-Person- See below)

For Grades K-4, Grades 5-12, Higher Education, and all other Organizations

NOTE: If you could not download the files from the ShakeOut Update email, the links here should work.


ShakeOut Considerations for COVID-19- where and when will your drill be held? Will you drill together online? If in person, follow health and safety guidelines.

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2020 Great ShakeOut!

There has been a lot of uncertainty over the past few months due to COVID-19. Work environments are adapting and changing. Schools and colleges are considering how to operate. It seems like every day, we are confronting new challenges. All while earthquakes are still happening.

One thing's for sure: ShakeOut is also still happening, and we are here to support you.

As with any year, you can ShakeOut when and where you want, whether that's at home, work, school, or perhaps through a video conference with people working or taking classes from home. We can and should still practice how to be safe when the earth shakes, especially when your situation changes. Your ShakeOut activity may look different this year, but there has always been flexibility in how and when you would like to hold your drill.

In many regions, ShakeOut has been an annual practice for more than ten years because everyone gets to participate in the way that works best for them. This could mean you have
your drill on another day than this year's International ShakeOut Day, October 15,
or across multiple days (depending on your situation).

While some ShakeOut drills and other activities may happen as always, there are some new considerations:

  1. Where will you all be for your drill? Together, or some at work, school or home? Consider video-conferencing!
  2. How will you incorporate COVID-19 health and safety guidelines into your activity?
  3. Is it better to have everyone participate all at once, or perhaps in staggered (or even repeated) dates and times?

Over the years, many people have found more peace of mind by going the extra mile as a part of their ShakeOut participation. They have proudly secured their furniture, appliances and art from shaking, worked with neighbors, schools, and co-workers to make better disaster plans, and even retrofitted their homes and businesses. And of-course, at a minimum, they have held a simple Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill. This year, going the extra mile might mean participating at a different time or location, with physical distancing and other protective measures in place.

We will have more COVID-19-specific guidance soon, and welcome your innovative ideas, too! ShakeOut is a grassroots effort, and your 2020 ShakeOut plans may inspire others, so please contact us.

We're all in this together.



NEW! Powerpoints for leading 2020 ShakeOut Drills (Online or In-Person)

NOTE: If you could not download the files from the ShakeOut Update email, the links here should work.

These presentations have been developed for drill leaders to use online (distance learning or remote workers) but also can be used for in-person drills. Download the version for your group, and follow the instructions in the first few slides and in the notes for each slide. Each presentation has optional slides, and multiple versions of for narrating your drill (audio recordings or text you can read).

2020 ShakeOut Drill Leader Guidance for Grades K-4
2020 ShakeOut Drill Leader Guidance for Grades 5-12
2020 ShakeOut Drill Leader Guidance for Higher Education
2020 ShakeOut Drill Leader Guidance for Organizations



NEW! Videos from CUSEC about how to get prepared and how to participate if working or learning from home

Virtual Learners: Remote Workers:

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