The Great ShakeOut Worldwide Earthquake Drills

Shake Out - World's Largest Earthquake Drill

Today the annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills will begin at 10:20am. It all started in California back in 2008 to raise awareness and make sure people are prepared. Now, ShakeOut drills are performed all around the world and have over 53.7 million participants worldwide. To check out the drills in your area go to the ShakeOut site and click on your region to get more information.

Earthquakes are dangerous. Unlike other disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods there is no prior warning where you have time to prepare with minimum notice. That’s why preparedness is vital. An earthquake can strike at any time with disastrous consequences so let’s prepare. Let’s learn what we can do before an earthquake, during an earthquake, and after an earthquake.

Drop, Cover, Hold On

This is the basics of what you should do when an earthquake strikes. Repeat it in your head and remember this “Drop, Cover, Hold On“.

DROP – when there’s an earthquake, immediately DROP to your hands and knees. This prevents you from being knocked over by the violent shaking as well as allow you to maneuver to safety under a sturdy table.

COVER – once under a sturdy table or desk, COVER your head an neck with one arm to protect the most vital parts of your body. If there’s no table or desk nearby, crawl next to an interior wall. Do not go near any wall with windows as they often shatter and can cause you harm.

HOLD ON – use your other hand to HOLD ON to the leg of the table so it won’t shake away from you during the earthquake and leave you exposed.


There are several organizations participating in the ShakeOut such as schools, government, businesses, hotels, senior facilities, neighborhood groups, animal shelters, and many more. To find out who is participating, click here. You can get more information on various drills and safety action guides on the Shakeout Resources page.

Final Thoughts

As with any disaster, preparation is key. Make sure you have an earthquake kit and make sure you learn about preparedness. ShakeOut is a great movement where it’s helping bring awareness and preparedness to millions of people all over the world. The sad truth is most of us aren’t prepared and don’t even know what to do in the event a major earthquake strikes. Remember, even though you don’t currently live in an earthquake zone you never know when you might be moving to or traveling to one. Even with the recent major earthquake in Italy a lot of tourists were trapped and injured.

Educate yourself and help educate others. I see ShakeOut growing bigger every year and hopefully you’ll be a part of it.



  1. Amanda Bridges

    NICE WEBSITE! I really like the logo at the top and how organized your site is. I would have NEVER thought about an “earthquake” niche, because I live on the OTHER side of the US, in South Carolina, where we don’t have them as often (I guess!) as YOU do in California….. Hey I just had a great idea for a post, or a PAGE for your website – maybe you could find out how many earthquakes EACH STATE in the US gets in general each year…. you MAY already have that on your site….. just an idea…… LOVE all of the “earthquake kits” you also have on your site…. you really ARE AN AUTHORITY FIGURE with earthquakes!!

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Amanda! Looks like South Carolina averages around 10-15 minor earthquakes every year according to Wikipedia.
      The largest was a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that hit Charleston back in 1886 where 60 people died. It was the largest quake ever to hit the Easter US so it’s always a good idea to be prepared or at least know what to do in the event of a major earthquake.

      Your idea is great! I like the idea of having a map with the estimated annual earthquakes for each state. I’ll have to add that as a future post. I better get started on researching.
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Wendy

    This is very valuable information. We are not in an earthquake zone but we had a small one about 4 years about. I think it was only a 3 or 4. But it knocked things of shelves and I totally felt the floor shift under me. It was very scary.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Earthquakes are scary no matter how small because you don’t see it coming. It’s a good idea to be prepared just in case and know what to do in an earthquake because you never know when you’ll be traveling to an earthquake zone.


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