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How to Enter to Win

Individuals or families who own homes in King, Snohomish, or Pierce Counties, who register for the Great Washington ShakeOut from 10/1/2015 to 10/31/2015, may be eligible to win a free seismic home retrofit* from Simpson Strong-Tie and its partners, Atlas Construction Specialties and Sound Seismic.

Individuals or families who live outside of King, Snohomish, or Pierce Counties will be eligible to win an emergency preparedness kit provided by Washington State Emergency Management.

If you have already registered for the 2015 ShakeOut, you may enter to win by sharing a photo of you and/or your family doing a earthquake drill.

If you registered you organization for the 2015 Shakeout, you may also register as an individual or family in order to enter to win. On the register page you can use a different email address, or select the "create a different registration" option (available if your email address is recognized as already having been used to register in 2014).

* Download Promotion Rules (PDF)

How to Protect Your Home from Earthquakes

The Great Washington ShakeOut and Simpson Strong-Tie are offering homeowners the following tips and resources to help protect your home during earthquakes:

  • The forces of an earthquake can weaken the frame of a home and cause it to slide or rotate off its foundation. A home is more likely to withstand an earthquake and stay intact when all parts of the house – roof, walls, floors and foundation – are attached together with metal connectors.

  • A seismic retrofit uses metal connectors, fasteners (like nails and screws) and wood shear walls to connect and strengthen the structural frame of the home together, making it safer and stronger.

  • Read more on how to prepare your home for an earthquake.

  • Take these five steps for a safer, stronger home.

  • In-depth seismic retrofit guide for your home.

  • See how an earthquake affects your home.
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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!