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While some ShakeOut drills and other activities may happen as always, there are some new considerations:

  1. Where will you all be for your drill? Together, or some at work, school or home? Consider video-conferencing!
  2. How will you incorporate COVID-19 health and safety guidelines into your activity?
  3. Is it better to have everyone participate all at once, or perhaps in staggered dates and times?

Many people have found more peace of mind as a part of their ShakeOut participation.

COVID-19 Considerations

What to do Before an Earthquake

What to do During an Earthquake

When you feel the ground shake, immediately drop, cover and hold on.

  1. Drop to your hands and knees. If you’re inside, stay inside – don’t run outdoors or to other rooms.
  2. Cover your head and neck with your arm and take shelter under a sturdy piece of furniture. If there is no shelter nearby, crawl to the nearest interior corner or wall while continuing to protect your head and neck.
  3. Hold on to your shelter, covering your head and neck until the shaking stops.
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What to do After an Earthquake

  • When the earthquake is over and shaking has stopped, count to 60 before getting up.
  • Stay calm and move cautiously, checking for unstable objects and other hazards above and around you.
  • Be aware of the potential for aftershocks - and continue to drop, cover and hold on every time you feel one.

This year, going the extra mile might mean participating at a different time or location, with physical distancing and other protective measures in place.

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