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Triple-I Blog | Release, cover and hold – major earthquake drills with Shakeout will take place on October 15



About half of all Americans are at risk of earthquakes from earthquakes. That's why it's so important to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake and why over 11 million people worldwide (and count) are participating in this year's earthquake safety exercise Great ShakeOut on October 15.

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills is a worldwide earthquake security movement. Most participate by registering to practice "Release, Cover and Hold." Most earthquake damage is completely preventable and is caused by furniture and other objects that move or break when shaking occurs, resulting in trips, bruises, cuts and more. You can secure your space by moving heavy objects down to lower shelves, moving tall furniture away from entrances and exits and securing cabinets with locks.

In California, a state where earthquakes are frequent, Earthquake Warning California coordinates a state drill to coincide with ShakeOut. People who have downloaded the MyShake app to their phone will receive a TEST warning at 1

0:15 with instructions for Drop, Cover and Hold On!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some participants customize their ShakeOut activities through video. conferences, choose staggered or alternate dates and follow local health and safety guidelines.

Click here to sign up for ShakeOut.

Additional Resources:

The Earthquake Country Alliance Safer At Home Webinar series offers many security tips and advice on how to minimize financial hardship.

Triple-I facts and statistics: Earthquake insurance

Video: What is covered by earthquake insurance


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