The Great Washington Shake Out

Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes - at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation. Are you prepared to survive and to recovery quickly?

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes. ShakeOut has been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to upgrade emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

Greak Shake Out 2023

What and when is ShakeOut? How do I / we participate?

This year's International ShakeOut Day is October 19, 2023 at 10:19 am (local time). While we encourage you to participate with everyone, you can register your ShakeOut drill for any day of the year and drill at a time that you find most convenient. This means that wherever you are at the date and time you designate—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for one minute. You can always do much more for your ShakeOut, such as a response or tabletop exercise, communications test, or activity in which you secure items that could fall or fly in a real earthquake. Learn more at
The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get the world prepared for earthquakes so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Everyone, everywhere should participate, from an individual in their home (or even car!) to a school and even a major corporate office. Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers about the ShakeOut and encourage their participation.

How do I protect myself in an earthquake? I have heard about Drop, Cover, and Hold On, but what happened to the "Doorframe" or "Triangle of Life" theory? Why shouldn't I run outside?

The safest thing to do during an earthquake is "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". Officials do not recommend using the "Triangle of Life" theory, running outside or getting into a doorway. This is based off of years of research about how people are injured or killed during earthquakes.

How do I register for ShakeOut? Why should I?

Washington has the 2nd highest earthquake risk in the United States. To react quickly, you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond. Register for free at to be counted and listed in your community!