Members of the Batazan Hills Barangay staff respond to an earthquake drill at the beginning of the field training exercise phase of the Community Disaster Readiness Exercise, Batasan Hills, March 27, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Lee Jackson)

Drop, Cover, and Hold on: Today Is the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Today is this year’s Great ShakeOut, where more than 60 million participants will participate in earthquake drills around the world.

If the ground began to shake strongly right now, would you know what to do to be safe? Would your family, neighbors, or co-workers? Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes – at home, at work, at school, or even while traveling. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are a once-a-year chance for everyone to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and learn other earthquake safety tips.

Go to to join millions of people in schools, businesses, government agencies, organizations, and homes across the state by registering your family or organization to be included in the world’s largest earthquake drill. Registration is free, and most drills only take a few minutes. The website has instructions for how to plan your drill, get prepared for earthquakes, and much more. We are all in this together, so be sure to invite everyone you know to also participate. Then “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:17 a.m. on 10/17!

Listen to this public service announcement from FEMA Deputy Administrator for Resilience Dan Kaniewski:

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En Espanol from Carlos Castillo, associate administrator in FEMA’s Office of Resilience:

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