Over 18 million participants worldwide are registered to participate in the “Great ShakeOut” earthquake drill, which is scheduled for 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. The Great ShakeOut is one of the world’s largest earthquake drills and attracts a variety of participants, including individuals and families, school districts, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other workplaces. The drill is held on the third Thursday of October each year.
The Great ShakeOut drill is an opportunity to practice what to do in case of an earthquake: “drop, cover, and hold-on.” If an earthquake occurs, individuals should drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to one leg of the table or desk until the shaking stops, according to emergency management and preparedness experts.
For more information or to register for the Great ShakeOut drill, visit www.shakeout.org.
Additional resources for earthquake preparedness and response are available from OSHA and NIOSH.