Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is Two Weeks Away; Are You Registered Yet?

Great Southeast ShakeOut Oct 16, 2014

Posted at 1 p.m.

Wherever you are two weeks from now (home, school, work or play) – on Thursday, Oct. 16 – you can learn about earthquake safety by joining in the Great Southeast ShakeOut, a multi-state earthquake drill set for 10:16 a.m. Register now to participate in the ShakeOut and learn how to drop, cover and hold on:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you).
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table.
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Earthquakes happen without warning, and the shaking may be so severe that you cannot run or crawl. So drop, cover and hold one immediately. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room to get under a table.

Also, during an earthquake, don’t run outside. Trying to run is dangerous because the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by falling bricks, glass and other building materials. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

If you can’t participate Oct. 16, hold an earthquake drill for your family, workplace, organization or school anytime through Dec. 31, and you can still register your participation in the ShakeOut.

Last year more than one million Virginians took part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut. Learn more and sign up for the Oct. 16 earthquake drill at or


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3 responses to “Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is Two Weeks Away; Are You Registered Yet?”

  1. Kristin Ostergaard says :

    Yep, we’re doing a drill at all of the library’s tho I won’t be working that morning…

  2. David Heagy says :

    This post Aug 11 Upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training One class will be held on Monday evenings beginning Sept. 8 through Oct. 27 (Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6, 20 and 27).shows an ending date of Oct 27. Does CERT 85 end with the final exercise on Nov 15, or is the exercise not part of the CERT class requirements?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      David… according to our Fire Department CERT program coordinator, the drills and exercises that occur during the regular class meets the FEMA requirements for the CERT certificate. The Final Exercise is an added bonus and is usually opened up not just to the students of the one class, but to the students of all the classes that end around that time. And, last week, we had four different classes going that will all end during different weeks, with a total of over 100 students. Thanks for your inquiry.