Today is the day: ShakeOut!

It’s time to put your plans for your ShakeOut drill into action: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

You can still take advantage of today’s other earthquake preparedness activities, too. Just visit your state or region’s webpage at and checkout what’s listed under News & Events. For example:

  • In California, you can tune in to The Great “Online” California ShakeOut!, a YouTube Live event today from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. PT—with earthquake drills, trivia and prizes, speeches from officials, educational presentations/videos, and a MyShake app demonstration. No registration required; just visit to watch.

This Thursday is International ShakeOut Day!

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is nearly upon us. What activities and resources are you promoting to raise awareness and encourage participation in the drill? There are a lot of good ideas out there. For instance, take a look at these examples from the state of Washington:

  • At noon on Oct. 21, 2021, the Washington Emergency Management Division will field earthquake-related questions on the agency’s Facebook page.
  • Because ShakeAlert technology is now active in Washington, the EMDPrepare YouTube Channel now offers an audio recording that narrates a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill starting with a ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning alert message.
  • And Washington plans to run a test of the state’s coastal tsunami sirens to coincide with this year’s ShakeOut earthquake drill.

ShakeOut is a great opportunity to focus attention on earthquake readiness — starting with the core message to join the drill and Drop, Cover, and Hold On this Thursday, October 21, 2021!