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The ShakeOut Drill

The 2011 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is being organized for April 28th at 10:15 a.m. (Indiana will ShakeOut on April 19th at 10:15 am).Register today!

More than 6.9 million Californians participated in 2009's Great California ShakeOut, practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On and other aspects of family, school, and organizational emergency plans. The ShakeOut is now spreading to other areas, including British Columbia, Nevada, Oregon, and the Central U.S.!


2011 ShakeOut:
10:15 a.m. on 4/28!

Countdown to 2011 ShakeOut:

Why "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is recommended (NOT "triangle of life")


Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill? As with anything, to react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you.

You may have heard of a theory called "Triangle of Life," perhaps by email. Reputable emergency organizations, emergency responders, and legitimate search and rescue organizations support "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." Our special report describes this issue in detail. Also, links to a great deal of information about what to do during earthquakes.

5th grade students at St. Maria Goretti School, Long Beach, CA

©2018 SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
The Great Central U.S. 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!