Great SouthEast ShakeOut (multi-state earthquake drill)

Get Ready to ShakeOut!
Virginians can join in multi-state earthquake drill October 17, 2013
The second annual Great SouthEast ShakeOut multi-state earthquake drill is Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m. By signing up for the ShakeOut, Virginians can learn about earthquake safety and also join in the largest simultaneous earthquake drill ever held.
Wherever you are – home, school, work or play – you can participate in the ShakeOut and learn how to DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON, which is the safe response to an earthquake.

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

Earthquakes happen without warning, and the shaking may be so severe that you cannot run or crawl. So DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON IMMEDIATELY. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room to get under a table.
Also, during an earthquake, don’t run outside. Trying to run is dangerous because the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by falling bricks, glass and other building materials. In the U.S., you are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.
Last year nearly one million Virginians took part in the first Great SouthEast ShakeOut. Learn more and sign up for the Oct. 17 ShakeOut at or