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The 2022 Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill is Thursday, October 20. Millions of people worldwide will participate at their workplace, school, or home.

At 10:20 a.m. (local time) on 10/20, you can join more than a million participants in Virginia practicing earthquake safety. Join us as we “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Drop down, take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or bench, or against an inside wall, and hold on. If you use a wheelchair or a rollator walker, “Lock, Cover, and Hold On.” Lock your wheels, cover your head and neck with your arms or a book, and hold on to your device with one hand, if possible.

You can register yourself or your organization, or update your registration information, at

While Shakeout organizers encourage you to participate with everyone on 10/20 at 10:20 a.m., you can register your Shakeout drill for any day of the year, and drill at a time of your choice. You can also include people in multiple locations through video conferencing. Practicing earthquake safety in different situations each year is a good idea.

Don’t freak out. Let’s Shakeout! For more information, please visit

Get Ready to Shake Out! October 20, 2022