The Great California Shakeout--October 21
The Great Shakeout, which began in 2008 as the Great Southern California ShakeOut, is an effort to educate the public about emergency management during a large earthquake. It was the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history at the time with a total of 5.4 million participants spanning eight counties in the southern part of the state. In 2009, the ShakeOut expanded to include the entire state of California. More than 6.9 million Californians participated and practiced Drop, Cover and Hold On. The ShakeOut is spreading to other states and Canada. While the potential earthquake hazards you will experience depend upon your location, everywhere in California is considered at high-risk compared to the rest of the country. See www.shakeout.org for more information and activities so you may practice how to protect ourselves when earthquakes happen.