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Are You Ready to Shake Out?

2017 Great Shake Out graphicOn October 19, millions of people like you across the globe are signed up to drop, duck, and hang on in the world’s largest earthquake drill.

The Big One” will happen one day, there’s no question. Are you prepared for when the ground starts shaking?

Prepare to Shake Out

The Great Shakeout begins at 10:19 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. The Great Shakeout began in California in 2008 to practice how to be safer during earthquakes. Now, it’s a global event with over 55 million participants in 2016.

In a disaster, everyone has a role to play.

Every day, the Water Bureau prepares as part of its daily work—hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations.

Storing water and other supplies will help ensure that your household is ready to weather many events—including a serious earthquake. September was National Preparedness Month, but preparedness efforts are year-round.

How to Shake Out

This year, 528,000 Oregonians plan to take part in the event. Join thousands of your friends and neighbors and get ready to drop, cover, and hold on for the Great Oregon Shakeout!

At 10:19 a.m. on Oct. 19, we are practicing for an earthquake by getting under our desks or another sturdy piece of furniture, covering our heads, and holding on for a full minute.

Once you’re in place, take a photo and share it through your own personal social media networks with the hashtag #GreatShakeOut.

More Planning and Prep Information

As we’re fond of saying, everyone has a role to play in preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies.

For more information on how to prepare for a variety of emergencies, check out these sites: