Join thousands of others on Thursday, October 21 at 10:15 a.m. for the world's largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut.
Washington has the second highest risk for earthquakes in the United States. Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and always without warning. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes; at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. It's important that you know what to do.
During the Quake
When the ground starts shaking, DROP to the ground, take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture, and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If you are outdoors, move away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires. Stay where you are until the shaking stops.
Before the Quake
Before the quake, check for hazards in the home. Identify safe places indoors and outdoors, make a plan and keep emergency supplies on hand. Secure large items like shelves and dressers to the walls. See additional preparedness tips today.