ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, Thurs. Oct 20, 2022

Thursday, October 20th, 2022 is the day for ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill. The information below comes from

It’s almost time for this year’s International #ShakeOut Day, on Thursday, October 20, though as always you can hold your drill on any other day.  Already 16 million people across the U.S. are registered to participate in 2022, as part of more than 40 million people total worldwide! 

Do you have everything you need for a successful ShakeOut drill? Check out the tools and tips below, including for how to motivate others to participate!

Register for the 2022 ShakeOut

Looking to take part in some fun events leading up to ShakeOut day? The Washington ShakeOut team has you covered! 

At 11 a.m., Oct. 19, the Washington Emergency Management Division will team with scientists and other preparedness experts for an Ask Me Anything event on Reddit.

At 10 a.m. on Oct. 20, the Washington Emergency Management Division will field your earthquake-related questions on their Facebook page as they prep for ShakeOut Day in the state Emergency Operations Center. You can also email questions to

At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, a test alert of the ShakeAlert earthquake warning system will be sent to mobile devices with the MyShake App installed.  See #4 below for more details! 

At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, all Tsunami Sirens will also go off at 10:20 a.m., so you know what they will sound like in an actual emergency. The ShakeOut is also a perfect  time to practice your tsunami evacuation routes after you Drop, Cover, and Hold On!”

The above video is one of several public service announcements (in multiple languages and lengths), which can be viewed on Youtube or downloaded for your own use (including audio versions).

FLASH’s Buyer’s Guide to Resilient Homes has the information you need to identify homes that will still be standing after the disaster.

Retrofitting structures is one way we can ensure that our buildings and homes can withstand natural hazards. Download FEMA’s toolkit.

Top Tools for a Successful #ShakeOut
1. ShakeOut Drill Broadcast Recordings (audio and video), and Drill Leader Presentations

2. ShakeOut Drill Manuals and Other Drill Preparation Documents

3. ShakeOut Messaging, Graphics, and Videos for Promotion

4. NEW! Include Earthquake Early Warning as part of your organization’s ShakeOut this year1. ShakeOut Drill Broadcast Recordings (audio and video), and Drill Leader Presentations

1. ShakeOut Drill Broadcast Recordings (audio and video), and Drill Leader Presentations

Play a ShakeOut drill broadcast to help guide participants in their Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill, available on YouTube at to stream or at to download ahead of time.

You can also use the ShakeOut Drill Leader Presentations for a more comprehensive approach to virtual and/or in-person drills, which include earthquake hazard information, ways to protect yourself in other situations, embedded drill broadcast recordings, and much more.

2. Drill Manuals and Other Planning Documents

Download drill manuals to help your organization plan the most successful ShakeOut! We have guides for a variety of sectors. You can also see and for more information.

– Schools
– Higher Education
– Healthcare
– Businesses
– Non Profits and Other Organizations
– Government Agencies
– Options for Government Agency Participation and Outreach
– Many other sectors

“ShakeOut Activity Pages” from Rocket Rules can help younger students learn about ShakeOut:

3. ShakeOut Messaging, Graphics, and Videos for Promotion

Promote ShakeOut to your participants and those around you with all the messaging templates, graphics, and videos available at! This includes resources for social media, news media templates, videos and graphics, guidance in multiple languages, and more, such as in the examples below:Sample tweet and optimized Twitter graphic (Join Us):

“#ShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake drill, is 10/20! 
Join us:
Animated GIFs such as these are great for promoting ShakeOut across social media! See to download them, or access them in the Giphy library on Twitter or Instagram (search on #ShakeOut).

Discover the Earthquake Safety Video Series, downloadable from and streaming on YouTube at


4. NEW! Include Earthquake Early Warning as part of your organization’s ShakeOut this year

Add a new element to your ShakeOut drill this year by including the planned test of the USGS ShakeAlert®-powered earthquake early warning system in California, Oregon, and Washington, to be distributed through the MyShake App! To receive the test alert at 10:20am on 10/20, be sure to have downloaded MyShake from the Apple or Google app store, and set it up on your mobile device.Then check out a excellent new guide from the USGS and many partners for how to include earthquake early warning within tests, drills, and exercises, including of course ShakeOut!