The Great Southern California Shake Out
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On October 20, 2011 at 10:20 a.m., millions of Californians will participate in the largest earthquake drill ever!
The purpose of the ShakeOut is to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school, and home.
Last year, nearly 5.5 million Southern Californians participated in the 2008 ShakeOut drill. The Great California ShakeOut will now be held statewide on the third Thursday of October each year.
Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
THIS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:
DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
Photo Gallery from the 2009 Shake Out at GWC