The Great California ShakeOut Is On Its Way

It’s that time of year when California shines a bright spotlight on the phrase “drop, cover and hold on.” It’s about instinct, habit, cat-like reflexes when the ground beneath you starts to tremble.

October 20th, at 10:20AM, is the date and time for this year’s Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drills; they are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. Register today at and you’ll join more than 10 million Californians as we practice drop, cover, and hold on. Whether you hold your drill on October 20th or any other day, you can always keep the safety of you and your loved ones top of mind. As a reminder, here’s video of the event the City of Oakland hosted last year in the plaza at city hall on 10/15. This video is the high definition recording of the live web stream Cal OES provided during the festivities.  Stay tuned for more this year.

Click here to register for The Great California Shakeout.


Cal OES Earthquake Preparedness



Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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