At 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017, millions of Californians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in
The Great California ShakeOut, the state’s largest earthquake drill ever! All K-12 schools and
districts are encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a more extensive exercise).
Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance
to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to
prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your
Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? To respond quickly you must practice
often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking
knocks you down, or something falls on you.
Millions of people worldwide have participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills since 2008. The Great California ShakeOut is held on the third Thursday of October each year.