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The Great California Shakeout  edit    delete

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Description: The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has been organized to encourage individuals, communities, schools, and organizations to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure spaces in order to prevent damage and injuries.

The ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:18 AM on October 18, 2012. This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds. There will not be any freeway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake, unless your local government or utility company specifically notifies you about something of this nature. The ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work to participate in—in fact, participating at work is encouraged! Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and have their employees practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On or have a more extensive emergency drill.

The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Californians prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Visit for tips on how to prepare, protect, and recover.

Anyone in California can participate, from a single individual at their home to a major company at the office. Talk to your coworkers, neighbors and friends about the ShakeOut and encourage their participation.
Sign up for free at to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.
When: Thursday 18 October, 2012, 7:18 am PDT - 7:19 am PDT
Where: California, USA
  1. california
  2. earthquake preparedness
  3. Safety
  4. shakeout
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