On October 18 at 10:18 a.m. local time, many American Red Cross chapters will participate in the Great ShakeOut with more than 12 million people across the country and around the world. This worldwide earthquake drill is a great opportunity for people in homes, schools and organizations to practice preparedness.
Just this past Tuesday evening an earthquake occurred in southern Maine, shaking areas throughout New England. While earthquakes are rare in New England, they are not unheard of. With their unpredictable nature, the Red Cross encourages you to always be ready as earthquakes can occur during the day or at night, in any season of the year.
Twelve states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, British Columbia and Southern Italy will hold official ShakeOut drills in their respective state, territory or country. Additional individuals, communities and partners will also be able to participate in the drill, even if their state, territory, or country is not formally participating. Find your location at ShakeOut.org or if not officially listed, click “Other States and Countries” and register today!
Practicing Earthquake Preparedness
If you are inside when the shaking starts:
If you are outside when the shaking starts:
Download the Earthquake App
To help individuals participate in the Great ShakeOut, download the Red Cross Earthquake App.
Features of the app include:
This free app—available in English or Spanish—is the third in a series created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. The Earthquake App comes on the heels of the highly successful First Aid and Hurricane apps, which have more than 1.1 million users.
The Earthquake App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. Go to redcross.org/mobileapps for information on other Red Cross apps.
Visit the Red Cross website, to learn more about earthquake preparedness.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.