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The ShakeOut Drill

The 2015 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is being organized for October 15th at 10:15 a.m. Register today!



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.


Select a category for instructions on how to plan your drill, get prepared, and share the ShakeOut with others:

       Colleges and Universities
       Local Government
       State Government
       Federal Government
       Medical Facilities

Jeff Keaton, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.

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