Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake drills.

More than 10.7 million Californians participated in the 2016 Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill and practiced how to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." Each year's drill creates new record numbers, and the registration numbers are expected to continue to grow for 2017.

Register for the Great California ShakeOut drill!

You may only have seconds to protect yourself during an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down—or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to react.

Is your school, workplace, community group, city, or other organization registered? Register for the Great California ShakeOut.

Read CEA CEO Glenn Pomeroy's letter to Californians about ShakeOut.

The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is the organizer of California’s annual earthquake drill.The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is the organizer of California’s annual earthquake drill.

ECA is a statewide public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency.
 


The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

You can't predict when an earthquake will strike. Take steps now to prepare yourself and your family—before the next damaging earthquake. You'll be glad you did!

Download the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety Brochure (PDF)

Prepare

Step 1: Secure Your Space

Step 1: Secure Your Space

Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

Step 2: Plan to be Safe

Step 2: Plan to be Safe

Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.

Step 3: Organize Disaster Supplies

Step 3: Organize Disaster Supplies

Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.

Step 4: Minimize Financial Hardship

Step 4: Minimize Financial Hardship

Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.


Survive

Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On

Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On

Drop, cover, and hold on when the earth shakes.

Step 6: Improve Safety

Step 6: Improve Safety

Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further damage.


Recover

Step 7: Reconnect and Restore

Step 7: Reconnect and Restore

Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.