LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
More than 9 million Californians will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, neighborhoods and households will partake in the 5th annual “Great California ShakeOut” - the largest earthquake drill in the world on Oct. 18.
California ShakeOut Registration, now over 7.9 million, is growing daily.
“A ‘Big One’ is going to come, and when it does, we are committed that Californians be fully prepared to survive the shaking and recover quickly,” said ShakeOut founder Mark Benthien.
The Earthquake Country Alliance coordinates the California ShakeOut and SCEC coordinates with ShakeOut regions across the U.S. and around the world.
ShakeOut press conferences and activities on October 18th at Union Station in Los Angeles and at San Diego’s Santa Fe Station will focus on what to do if you are on public transportation when a major earthquake strikes.
In San Francisco, a Union Square ShakeOut press event will feature a choreographed ShakeOut flash dance, culminating in a mass Drop, Cover and Hold On demonstration.
ShakeOut began as a Southern California drill, quickly spread statewide, throughout the West, and then to the Central and Southeast U.S., as well as to several U.S. Territories, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and Italy. Additional people and organizations in many other states and countries are also registering independent drills.
ShakeOut participation is free and takes only a few minutes. Information about how to register and participate is found at www.shakeout.org/california .
“Don’t be left out of the ShakeOut,” Benthien urges.