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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.

Become a ShakeOut Champion! All the tools you'll need to promote your own event.

Save the Date Postcards (2022) A print-friendly format that requires cutting into 4 individual postcards

Prepare to survive and recover with the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety!

Washington Earthquake and ShakeOut FAQs All the answers to frequently asked earthquake and shakeout questions

Prepare in a Year Guide One hour of preparedness activity per month to prepare you and your family for disasters!

Why Drop, Cover, and Hold On? Learn more about the do's and don'ts that could save your life

2 Weeks Ready - Emergency Information and kit guide (PDF)

When an Earthquake Strikes (PDF poster in English | Español) Where will you be? What will you do?

Drill Manuals and Other Planning Documents

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

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Multimedia - GIFS and Videos

Animated GIFs for spreading the word about disaster preparedness!

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

ShakeOut Drill Audio Recording with ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning (Streaming - No Download necessary)

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

Washington-specific earthquake safety and preparedness videos

See the Messaging page for more content.

Posters/Flyers - ready-to-print flyers

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

Get Ready to ShakeOut
"Get Ready to ShakeOut"
Color (PDF)
Black & White (PDF)
Join Us
"Join Us"
Color (PDF)
Black & White (PDF)
Don't Freak Out
"ShakeOut. Don't Freak Out."
Color (PDF)
Black & White (PDF)
Don't Freak Out
"Get Ready to ShakeOut."
Color (PDF)
Don't Freak Out
"Join Us"
Color (PDF)
Don't Freak Out
"Don't Freak Out"
Color (PDF)
Don't Freak Out
"What To Do"
Color (PDF)
Don't Freak Out
"Drop, Cover and Hold On"
Color (PDF)

When an Earthquake Strikes

"When an Earthquake Strikes"
English | Español (PDF)

What to Do During a Tsunami (PNGs and PDFs in 11 languages)

Save the Date Postcard (for 2022; cut into 4)

    Custom Flyers for each Category (PDF files)

Individuals and Families
Childcare and Preschool
K-12 Schools and Districts
Youth Organizations
Colleges and Universities
Federal Government
State Government
Local Government
Neighborhood Groups

Senior Facilities/Communities
Disability/AFN Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Preparedness Organizations
Faith-based Organizations
Museums, Libraries, Parks, etc.
Volunteer/Service Clubs
Animal Shelter/Service Providers/
Volunteer Radio Groups
Hotels and other Lodgings
Science/Engineering Organizations
Media Organizations

Generic flyer for all categories


Web and Social Media Banners

You can place a ShakeOut web banner on your web page or post graphics optimized for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to encourage participation in the ShakeOut.

Resources for Kids and Educators

Lesson Plans and Involvement

Schools, museums, libraries, and families are encouraged to visit the Washington Emergency Management Division Publications site to find a wealth of kids activities and resources for learning about hazards and how to be prepared!

    Outsmart the Quake! An Earthquake Preparedness Curriculum for Middle School (Grades 6-8) Students

Lesson 1 "Disasters are Preventable" Document
Lesson 1 "Disasters are Preventable" Powerpoint
Lesson 2 "Protect Yourself" Document
Lesson 2 "Protect Yourself" Powerpoint
Lesson 3 "Home Safety" Document
Lesson 3 "Home Safety" Powerpoint
Lesson 4 "Community Preparedness" Document
Lesson 4 "Community Preparedness" Powerpoint

Additional Resources for Kids and Educators

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Kindergarten through Grade 2

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Grade 3 - 5

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Grade 6 - 12

Suggested ShakeOut Messaging - for Newsletters, Web Pages, Social Media, etc.

Multiple descriptions and media for promoting ShakeOut and educating about earthquake safety and preparedness.


While we can not stop a huge earthquake from occurring, we can be prepared. Learn more about earthquake safety and how you can get prepared at the following sites:

Personal Preparedness:
Prepare in a Year (PIY)

Home Preparedness:

Neighborhood Preparedness:
Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)

School Preparedness

Business Preparedness:
EMD Business Portal

In Washington, the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system can now provide you with seconds of warning to drop, cover, and hold on before shaking arrives! Learn more about the 3 ways to get seconds of warning on your mobile phone in Washington here!

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