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Nearly 28M people worldwide expected to mark Int'l Shakeout Day

LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) -- When earthquakes happen, the best way to stay safe is to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Drop onto your hands and knees, Cover your head and neck; and crawl to a sturdy desk or table if one is nearby, then Hold On until the shaking stops.

Emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.

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Join millions in practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On through International ShakeOut Day this Thursday, October 15 (or any day in 2020 that works best for you). Register your participation at!

In addition to holding their own drills, ShakeOut participants can also join a Facebook Live event known as "The Great Online ShakeOut."

This online, live broadcast will feature a drill for everyone to participate in, presentations from earthquake experts representing government, emergency management, and science, key videos and other resources, and a Q&A.

Anyone can join this event, even without a Facebook account, just by visiting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ShakeOut participants are adapting their activities through video-conferencing, choosing staggered or alternative dates, and following local health and safety guidelines (see

In a year of uncertainties and challenges, ShakeOut provides the opportunity to increase individual and community resilience.

There is still time to join ShakeOut this year: register to participate on any day that works for you at

Most take action on International ShakeOut Day each third Thursday of October, this year being October 15.

At least 27.7 million people around the world are expected to take action on this day, including 11.7 million people from the United States and its territories.

See for current totals.

ShakeOut organizers recommend people follow the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, which starts with Step 1: Secure Your Space.

Most earthquake injuries are entirely preventable and are caused by the furniture and other objects that move or break when shaking occurs, resulting in trips, bruises, cuts, and more.

Start now: move heavy objects down to lower shelves, relocate tall furniture away from entrances and exits, and secure cabinets with latches.

"We have come a long way since ShakeOut began in 2008," said Mark Benthien, Global ShakeOut Coordinator and Outreach Director for the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.

"More people have not only been practicing earthquake safety, but also securing furniture and objects around them, discussing safety plans, and even retrofitting their homes. For 2020, they are also adapting their drill plans because of COVID-19."

Recommended earthquake safety actions for a variety of special situations (in a theater, in a car, etc.) and for people with disabilities are described at . is managed by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) at the University of Southern California, with funding from the National Science Foundation, United States Geological Survey, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

SOURCES: Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills; PRNewswire

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