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The Great ShakeOut helps Prepare for Earthquakes

SEATTLE, WA – On October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X along with Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State are participating in the 2013 Great ShakeOut. This international earthquake drill focuses on practicing the recommended response to earthquake shaking:

•   DROP to the ground

•   Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

•   HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

"The ShakeOut is an exercise that we start practicing in grade school and never outgrow," Kenneth D. Murphy Region X Administrator FEMA. "Earthquakes cannot be predicted and can occur anywhere at any time, which is why it is important to know what to do when one occurs."

The Great ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2013. No matter where you are –home, work, school – Drop, Cover, and Hold On. If it is not possible to get to the floor to safely take cover, identify an inside corner of the room near your work station or the other locations away from windows and objects that could fall on you. People who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices should lock their wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book or whatever is available. Stay in this position for at least 60 seconds, as if there were a major earthquake.
To participate the 2013 Great ShakeOut register online at Once registered, participants will be listed with thousands of other individuals and will receive information on how to participate in the drill.
To learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake; including information for seniors and those with disabilities, visit
Follow FEMA Region X at for further preparedness tips.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Thursday, 17 October, 2013
 Starts at 10:15 AM


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