Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Over 60,000 to join in Great Arizona Shakeout

Drop, Cover, and Hold On graphicThe 2012 Great Arizona ShakeOut earthquake drill is tomorrow (October 18th at 10:18 a.m.), and more than 60,000 people have been registered to participate! In total more than 14 million people worldwide will practice earthquake safety Thursday, and even more will see and learn what to do through your example.

NEW! Read a new message from President Obama encouraging participation nationally, as well as a letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Some ShakeOut drills may last all day, while most are just a few minutes. ShakeOut drill manuals provide instructions for simple to advanced drills. You may also want to review our new Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions document (which including situations when you cannot get beneath a table).

Here is how to have a basic Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill, and what to do after (additional instructions for how to participate are also available for each ShakeOut participation category, including resources for how people who cannot drop, cover, and hold can protect themselves  during earthquakes).

 At 10:18, practice how you will Drop, Cover, and Hold On, for at least 60 seconds (the length of the drill broadcast):
-  DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and
-  HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops


  1. I worry about the siesmic impact from too many people dropping to the ground at exactly 10:18AM.

    That would make a self fulfulling prophesy.

    I expect at 10:18 this morning I will be refilling my coffee cup. I shall check it for small high frequency ripples.

  2. Anonymous8:37 AM

    It could cause Guam to break off into the sea. We need a congressional investigation!