The Great Shakeout

The “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill
Posted on 10/18/2023
Contact Person:  Mandy Wong, Public Safety Supervisor
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (626) 569-2168

The “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill

Are You Prepared?


The “Great Shakeout” is an annual earthquake drill organized statewide to prepare and practice how to be safe during earthquakes. Residents are asked to assess their emergency plans and to join millions of Southern Californians in the statewide “Great Shakeout” scheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 10:19 a.m.

The earthquake drill will encourage residents to evaluate their emergency preparedness skills and to practice dropping to the ground or taking cover under a table or desk in preparation for when a big earthquake occurs, as demonstrated below:


Drop, Cover, Hold 

Why should you DROP?

Because the shaking will make it difficult to walk/run and very unsafe.

Why should you COVER? 

Because you need to protect yourself from falling items or debris.

Why should you HOLD ON?

Because in the event of a big earthquake, all items that are not secured to the ground will shift and move around. Hold your position until the shaking subsides.

To participate or learn more about the Great Shakeout, please click here. While on the website, we encourage community members to consider pledging your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive further information on planning for the drill, encourage others to participate, and improve earthquake preparedness.  Let’s get registered! Participation is free and everyone is encouraged to be involved.

All residents should have emergency supplies, including “Go Kits,” and evacuation plans to help their family and pets survive the first few days following a major disaster. Emergency management officials urge residents to sign up for emergency alerts, such as Alert L.A. County (by clicking here), and Nixle alerts, at for the latest emergency information in your area.

For more information about any of these preparedness programs please contact Mandy Wong, Public Safety Supervisor at (626) 569-2168 or [email protected].