At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2009, millions of Californians will practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Many people and organizations will also practice other aspects of their emergency plans. 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. Register today.
USGS ShakeOut Scenario Scientific Studies and Products
The USGS led a multi-disciplinary team of more than 300 experts from academia and industry, public and private sectors to develop the ShakeOut Scenario and communicate it to end users including emergency managers and the general public. USGS scientists have also used the scenario's results to conduct additional research. Many products are available for download, including Shakeout Scenario Reports, Narrative, Studies, Maps, and Movies.
Learn How Science Helps Build Safer Communities
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Learn firsthand how USGS science is being used to help prepare Southern California for a major earthquake and prevent this natural hazard from becoming a catastrophe. Hear what our scientists and partners have to say.
Earthquake Preparedness-Related Resources
USGS ShakeOut News Releases
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