Plan to Participate in the Oct. 19 Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Posted at 11 a.m.

T he Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m.

ShakeOut is an annual earthquake drill held on the third Thursday of October as a way to learn how to react in the event of an earthquake. It is coordinated across all states and territories.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes – wherever you live, work or travel.

Participants will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as practice for what to do in the event of an earthquake. Knowing what to do before an earthquake could determine how well you survive and recover.

You cannot tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will suddenly become intense…so always Drop, Cover and Hold On immediately!

Drop, Cover and Hold On
In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.
    • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.
    • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows).
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
    • Under shelter — hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts.
    • No shelter — hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Find out more about how to register and participate in the ShakeOut drill at

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3 responses to “Plan to Participate in the Oct. 19 Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill”

  1. Susan says :

    In the event of an earthquake, what suggestions are there for what to do if one is a less than agile senior citizen or is otherwise incapable of dropping to the floor without getting hurt or, once there, of getting up again?

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