International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October (this year: October 15). While COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing's for sure: ShakeOut is still happening this year!

As always, you can hold your #ShakeOut drill when and where you want. You can choose another date or several dates, and include people in multiple locations (home, work, or school), perhaps through video conferencing.

It's actually a good idea to practice earthquake safety in different situations each year, and ShakeOut Organizers are here to support you.

You are invited to join millions of people who will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” on October 15th at 10:15 a.m. in the 2020 Great Southeast ShakeOut! More than 67 million people were registered in ShakeOut drills worldwide in 2019. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to become better prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. Why is “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” important to practice? You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you. Practicing helps you be ready to react. Visit to learn more.

Here are simple things you can do to participate in the ShakeOut. Instructions and resources can be found at

Plan Your Drill:

• Register at to be counted as participating, get email updates, and more.

• Download a Drill Broadcast recording from

• Have a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill at 10:15 a.m. on October 15. You can also practice other aspects of your emergency plan.

• Discuss what you learned and make improvements.

Get Prepared for Earthquakes:

• Do a “hazard hunt” for items that might fall during earthquakes and secure them.

• Create a personal disaster plan. • Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits.

• Identify and correct any issues in your building’s structure.

• Other actions are at

Share the ShakeOut:

• Invite friends and family members to register.

• Encourage your community, employer, or other groups you are involved with to participate.

• Posters, flyers, and other promotional materials at

• Share photos and stories of your drill at

Register today at:

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