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ShakeOut FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Having trouble finding something? Here are a few of our frequently asked questions. Can’t find it here? Contact us.

What do I have to do to participate in the ShakeOut?
Where is the ShakeOut being held?
What will happen on October 17 ?

    • The ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2019. This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

    • as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds. There will not be any freeway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake, unless your local government or utility company specifically notifies you about something of this nature. The ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work to participate in—in fact, participating at work is encouraged! Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can


    • and have their employees practice

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

    • or have a more extensive emergency drill.
    • The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Montanans prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
    • Anyone in Montana can participate, from a single individual at their home to a major company at the office. Talk to your coworkers, neighbors and friends about the ShakeOut and encourage their participation.
    • Sign up for free at

    to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.

How long does the ShakeOut last?

    • Most people will practice how they will

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

    • during a large earthquake, which only takes about one minute. Some organizations conduct more extensive drills, which may take an hour or even all day.

How to participate

    is your choice.

I’ve heard about alternate ways of staying safe during an earthquake, like the “Triangle of Life” concept. What should I do?

    • The safest thing to do during an earthquake is “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” as described at

    . This special report describes how the “Triangle of Life” is promoted with greatly exaggerated or wrong information, and is potentially very dangerous.

I want to put up posters or other advertising relating to the ShakeOut. How can I order some?

    • For posters, flyers, web banners, and other promotional items you can print or use, and for text of articles you may reprint in your newsletter or website, visit


Is an earthquake going to hit Montana on October 17 ?

    • The ShakeOut is a


    • planned for October 17, 2019 . We are


    predicting an earthquake to occur, though because many areas of Montana are seismically active region it’s not impossible.

Who can participate in the ShakeOut?

    • Everyone! We want every person who works, lives, and plays in Montana to participate in the drill. You can register just your family or your school, business, or organization. The best way to ShakeOut is to personalize the experience for oneself. If you will be at work at 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2019, have your entire


    • practice what they would do in an earthquake. If you are at school, have your


    • drill. Make a plan with your family. Designate an out-of-area contact. Imagine a real earthquake and how you would actually react to it! Check out

    and register to participate.

How can I teach my kids to prepare?

    • Visit the ShakeOut guide for


    • . Teach your kids to

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

    . You can also play the ‘Earthquake Game’ where when anyone says “earthquake!” everyone has to pretend an earthquake is happening and practice their response. Teach your children that they should go under a table and hold on if one is near. If they are in a room without a table, crouch against an interior wall, away from windows. Find an “earthquake-safe” location in every room of the house so they don’t try to run during an earthquake.

Will you be utilizing ham radio? At what frequency will you be broadcasting?

    If you are in the ham radio community, the real question is, what will YOU be doing? What can you organize for your community? We ask that everyone interested in participating in the ShakeOut use every tool available to them to get the word out about earthquake safety and to take the steps they would take during an earthquake as a part of the drill.

I want to reprint information found on the ShakeOut website. May I do this?

    Yes, you may. However, we do ask that you send us what you’re interested in reprinting if you are interested in republishing information to a large audience, so that we can make sure that nothing is taken out of context or misrepresented. Email your request to

I haven’t received anything about the ShakeOut. Am I registered?

    Unfortunately you may not have received information because your email software may consider the ShakeOut emails to be “spam” and block your receiving them. The emails may be in your “junk” folder. Look for emails from


Over 110,000 participants registered
Thank you for participating!