“Drop, cover and hold” is what millions of people will be doing at 10:17 a.m. tomorrow. The Great ShakeOut, created by the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California (USC), is a mass earthquake drill mostly done by individuals in earthquake regions.

This year, over 18.2 million people are registered to participate in the Oct. 17 drill, with over 24.1 million registered for all 2013 drills. The ShakeOut website states that “many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes, you could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?”

USC participates in the drill every year and makes it as real as they can. According to USC News, the 2008 Great ShakeOut included a mass-casualty drill on campus.

Millions of people will be practicing earthquake tomorrow, but the website states you can hold a drill any time within 2 weeks of October 17.  There’s still time to sign up for the largest-ever earthquake drill, or keep an eye out for future ShakeOut events. The website also features earthquake safety tips and tools.

Are you participating in the Great ShakeOut in your area?

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Written by Jenna Black

Jenna is an activist in her community and a lover of all things tech, especially smart home technology. Learn more

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