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ShakeOut Resources

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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

2 Weeks Ready - Emergency Information guide (PDF)

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

When an Earthquake Strikes (PDF poster en Espanol) Where will you be? What will you do?

Save the Date Postcard (cut into 4)

Washington Schools ShakeOut Video Contest

ShakeOut Drill Manual for K-12 Schools
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Businesses
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Non Profits and Other Organizations
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Government Agencies and Facilities
ShakeOut Drill Manual for Healthcare (PDF)
Countdown to ShakeOut for Organizations (PDF)

NEW! Options for Government Agency Participation and Outreach (PDF)
NEW! College Registration Guidelines and Participation Resources
Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (including situations when you cannot get beneath a table) (PDF | RTF)

Updated! Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (8 pages) (PDF | RTF)

Updated! Key Earthquake Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (2 pages) (PDF | RTF)

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

Earthquake and Tsunami DAFN Preparedness Video (Sign Language and Open Captioned)

America’s PrepareAthon! Earthquake Resources

Protect yourself during earthquakes: Drop, Cover and Hold On!


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)

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

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Kindergarten through Grade 2

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Grade 3 - 5

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Grade 6 - 12


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)

NEW! ShakeOut has partnered with FedEx Office to make it more convenient and cost-effective to order high-volume numbers of the ShakeOut flyers seen here, as well as posters seen here of varying sizes on different materials. Additionally, ShakeOut retractable banners are offered at a discounted rate through this partnership. If you are located near a FedEx Office location (generally within 25 miles) the items will be delivered free. Please visit their external site to view the ShakeOut catalog and review options tailored to you and your location.

    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

Schools, museums, libraries, and families can encourage their students, visitors, and children to visit the Washington Emergency Management Division "Kidz" site to learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other disasters, and how to get 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

Educational Resources

Additional educational resources in the Schools Section

Suggested ShakeOut Descriptions For Newsletters, Web Pages, etc.

Multiple descriptions of different lengths in a single Word document. (120 KB)

Sample Resolution Draft

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


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)

Monthly Preparedness Topic:

Just for Kidz

School Preparedness

Business Preparedness:
EMD Business Portal

©2018 SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
The Great Washington 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!