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Get prepped for earthquakes in the Great ShakeOut, Oct. 19

Millions of people around the country will take part in drills or other opportunities to improve their earthquake preparedness during the Great ShakeOut on October 19. If you feel shaking or get an earthquake alert, it is critical to drop, cover, and hold on or, for people in wheelchairs, first lock the wheels, cover, and hold on.

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and reduces your chances of being hit by falling or flying objects.
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall. Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops. Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts. No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.