Great ShakeOut

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On the third Thursday of every October, the City of Henderson and millions all over the globe a "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" as part of the world’s largest earthquake drill!

Why Participate in the Great ShakeOut

shakeout logoThe state of Nevada is located in “earthquake country.” It lies in one of the most seismically active regions in the U.S. Nevada ranks third in the country in the number of large earthquakes. For the last 150 years, 76 earthquakes with potentially destructive magnitudes of 5.5 or greater have occurred in Nevada.

How to Participate in the Great ShakeOut

During the drill, official rescue teams urge people to Drop, Cover, and Hold On to protect their lives during earthquakes. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down – or drops something on you. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects.

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If you are inside a building, drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on until the shaking stops. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.

If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then drop, cover, and hold on. Stay there until the shaking stops.

If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.