Earthquake Hazards and Emergency Preparedness

Are You Ready for the Big One?

Ready to ShakeOut 2023

Do you know what to do if the ground suddenly starts shaking? Are your loved ones and colleagues prepared to stay safe and recover quickly? Earthquakes can strike anywhere, anytime, and being knowledgeable about how to protect yourself is essential.

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills offer an annual opportunity for people worldwide to practice the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" technique and learn other essential earthquake safety measures. This year's drill is scheduled for October 19th. Join millions of individuals, organizations, schools, businesses, and government agencies by registering for free at to take part in the world's largest earthquake drill.

The website provides instructions on how to plan your drill, prepare for earthquakes, and more. Most drills only take a few minutes, making it easy for everyone to participate. Let's come together and ensure that everyone is ready by inviting family, friends, and colleagues to join. Remember to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" on 10/19!

Are you ready for an earthquake or other emergency?

The key first steps to being ready for an earthquake, or other emergency, is to prepare an emergency plan and an emergency kit. 

Your emergency kit should include supplies such as:

Check out this visual emergency kit checklist for a full list of items that you should include in your emergency kit here.

Do you know what to do during an earthquake?

The three most basic steps to surviving an earthquake are:

But do you know what to do when you’re driving? Near the beach? In bed?