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Get Ready to ShakeOut! October 20, 2022 at 10.20 AM

Get Ready to ShakeOut!

This year's International ShakeOut Day is October 20, when millions of people worldwide will participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home!

At 10:20 am (local time) on 10/20, you can join millions of people across Washington practicing earthquake safety. While we encourage you to participate with everyone, you can register your ShakeOut drill for any day of the year, and drill at a time of your choice. You can also include people in multiple locations through video conferencing.

If you live or work in a coastal area, ShakeOut day is also a great time to practice your tsunami evacuation routes. Learn more about tsunami preparedness at

Each year, millions of people “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill ever! 

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community.

Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? To respond quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.

Millions of people worldwide have participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills since 2008. The Great ShakeOut is held on the third Thursday of October each year.

Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, colleges, government agencies and organizations are all invited to register.

Register today at

How to Participate

Here are a few suggestions for what local governments and agencies can do to participate in the ShakeOut. More information is at

Plan Your Drill:

  • Register at to be counted as participating, get email updates, and
  • Download a Drill Broadcast recording from
  • Have a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill on ShakeOut day or within two weeks. You may also want to coordinate an exercise of your emergency
  • Discuss what you learned and make

Get Prepared for Earthquakes:

  • Check your emergency supplies and equipment; make sure they are accessible and
  • Inspect your facilities for items that might fall and cause injury, and secure
  • Encourage employees to prepare at
  • Provide first aid and response training for

Share the ShakeOut:

  • Encourage employees to ask their friends, families, and neighbors to register.
  • Agencies with outreach roles can include ShakeOut messaging in their routine activities.
  • Find posters, flyers, and other materials for promoting the ShakeOut at
  • Share photos and stories of your drill at
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As a registered ShakeOut Participant you will:

  • Learn what you can do to get prepared Receive ShakeOut news and other earthquake information
  • Be counted in the largest earthquake drill ever Set an example that motivates others to participate