Thursday morning at 10:17 a.m., thousands of people across the state of Washington — include several hundred DNR employees in Olympia — will take cover under a sturdy surface, such as a desk or table, cover and hold on. Is it yet another social media-inspired flash mob event? No way. The Great Washington Shake Out earthquake drill is serious business because everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves during an earthquake.
Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. A one minute Drop, Cover, and Hold On earthquake drill may one day minimize injuries or save your life.
In total more than 17 million people worldwide will practice earthquake safety on Thursday — more than 800,000 are registered in Washington State for the drill through their employer, school, university, community organization, church, or as individual participants.
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