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ShakeOut Drill Broadcast Transcript (English)

This is the Great California ShakeOut. You’re joining millions of Californians in the largest earthquake drill in US history. Practice now so you can protect yourself during a real earthquake.

This is an earthquake drill. Right now, DROP, COVER. AND HOLD ON.

Unless you are driving, DROP to the ground now: if you are standing during a large earthquake, the ground might jerk strongly and throw you down. Take COVER under something sturdy to protect yourself from objects being hurled across the room. HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops. If you can’t get under something, stay low and protect your head and neck with your arms.

Now look around. What objects might fall or be thrown at you in an earthquake, that you should secure in place now?

Finally, strong earthquakes may trigger tsunami. If you're near the beach during an earthquake, DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON, then walk quickly to high ground when the shaking stops.

This drill is over. Visit for simple steps to help you survive and recover from a major earthquake, including how to secure your space. Thank you for taking part in the Great California ShakeOut!


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