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ShakeOut Resources

The materials on this page are available to you or your organization to support your participation in the ShakeOut and to promote awareness and preparedness.

Drill Manuals and Other Planning Documents

Powerpoints for leading ShakeOut Drills (Online or In-Person)
For grades K-4, grades 5-12, higher education, and all other organizations; plus a version in Spanish)

ShakeAlert® Tests, Drills and Exercises Toolkit

NEW! ShakeAlert® Tests, Drills and Exercises Toolkit
The US Geological Survey (USGS)-managed ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning System – in collaboration with academic, government, technical, emergency management, and community partners – is committed to educating the public about protective actions that can mitigate harm from earthquake hazards when shaking is expected. To advance this goal, the USGS has developed this ShakeAlert Tests, Drills, and Exercises Toolkit to incorporate earthquake early warning (EEW) into existing training activities including the Great ShakeOut.


ShakeOut Drill Manual for Businesses (PDF)
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Non Profits and Other Organizations (PDF)
Countdown to ShakeOut for Organizations (PDF)
Benefits to Participating Businesses (PDF)
Earthquake Safety in Stores (PDF)
Seven Steps to a Resilient Workplace
Disaster Resilient Business Toolkit
QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program

Schools and Childcare

K-12 Schools Drill Planning, Educational, and Preparedness Resources
Earthquake Safety For Parents and Care Providers of Young Children and Infants (PDF)

Higher Education

Registration Guidelines and Participation Resources for HIgher Education Institutions

Museums, Parks, Libraries, and other Free-Choice Learning Institutions

Guidance, coordination, and extensive resources
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Toolkit for Free-choice Learning Environments
ShakeOut Flyer for Museums, Libraries, Parks (etc.)


ShakeOut Drill Manual for Government Agencies and Facilities (PDF)
Options for Government Agency Participation and Outreach (PDF)


ShakeOut Resources for Healthcare Organizations
Includes Suggestions for having your Shakeout participation count towards Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Emergency Preparedness Rule

People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs

Earthquake Country Alliance documents, videos, and graphics for Seniors and People with Disabilities


Prepare to survive and recover with the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety
Protect yourself during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (including situations when you cannot get beneath a table) (PDF | RTF)
Ready Campaign Earthquakes Page

Oregon-Specific Resources

Go-Kit Passport: Available in English and Spanish.
Oregon Tsunami Clearinghouse
Oregon Tsunami Evacuation Map Viewer Living On Shaky Ground Booklet: Available in English and Spanish.
Preparedness for Oregonians, videos, posters, pictures, checklists, and worksheets!
Emergency Kit Recipe Contest Cookbook


Earthquake Safety Video Series Learn how you can stay safe from shaking in a variety of situations. (YouTube, captions in English, Spanish, and French)

Audio and Video "Drill Broadcast" recordings created to provide instructions during your Drop, Cover, Hold On drill.

Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit on a Budget (Oregon Public Health Division)

Check Your Kit (Oregon Public Health Division)

Building a Workplace Kit

Additional Videos from California that may be useful for understanding or promoting the ShakeOut.

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Kindergarten - Grade 2

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Grade 3 - 5

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Grade 6 - 12

Standing Strong the Tribal Nations of Western Oregon

Thunderbird and Killer Whale: A Tillimook Indian Legend

Custom Flyers for each Category (PDF files)

Generic flyer for all categories

Posters | Flyers

Download these PDF files that can be printed at 8.5x11 as flyers, or printed larger as posters.

Get Ready poster thumbnail.
"Get Ready to Shake Out"
Join Us poster thumbnail.
"Join Us"
Don't Freak Out poster thumbnail.
"ShakeOut. Don't Freak Out"
What To Do poster thumbnail.
"What To Do"
Protect Yourself poster thumbnail.
"Protect Yourself"

Web and Social Media Graphics

You can post ShakeOut graphics optimized for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to encourage participation in the ShakeOut.

Get Ready ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"Get Ready to Shake Out"
PNG (1080 x 1080px)

Get Ready ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"Get Ready to Shake Out"
PNG (1200 x 630px)

Get Ready ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"Get Ready to Shake Out"
PNG (1080 x 154px)

Don't Freak Out ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"ShakeOut. Don't Freak Out"
PNG (1080 x 1080px)

Don't Freak Out ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"ShakeOut. Don't Freak Out"
PNG (1200 x 630px)

Don't Freak Out ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"ShakeOut. Don't Freak Out"
PNG (1080 x 154px)

Join Us ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"Join Us"
PNG (1080 x 1080px)

Join Us ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"Join Us"
PNG (1200 x 630px)

Join Us ShakeOut promotional graphic.
"Join Us"
PNG (1080 x 154px)

Educational Resources

NEW! Without Warning Comic Book

NEW! Earthquake Resources Organized by the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

  • Topics include: What causes earthquakes, how to structures respond, how are tsunamis formed, and more
  • Resources include: videos and animations, games, coloring pages/books, photo galleries, maps, posters, and much more

Additional educational resources in the Schools Section

Suggested ShakeOut Descriptions For Newsletters, Web Pages, etc.

Sample Resolution Draft

Download a sample draft resolution of intent to participate, as a Word document (33 KB)

See other Messaging resources at

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