The next Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place on October 17, 2013 at 10:17a.m. Since 2012, the ShakeOut has been held on February 7th. Although highly visible and successful, this has been out of sync with a larger, national ShakeOut effort that takes place annually on the third Thursday of October. In 2012, 16 states and British Columbia participated in an October 18 ShakeOut.
To maximize the effectiveness of the ShakeOut, the CUSEC Board of Directors has elected to permanently move the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut to the third Thursday of October beginning this year. This will align us with a national initiative involving 30 states and territories where nearly 20 million people will practice earthquake safety and disaster preparedness activities.
We encourage you to mark your calendar for October 17, 2013 and register today on the ShakeOut website, so you can join millions of others across the nation in the next Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we post occasional updates and safety tips. Thank you for your continued commitment to earthquake and disaster preparedness.