Alabama EMA Encourages Alabamians To Participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

CLANTON – On October 19, 2017 at 10:19 a.m. Alabama Emergency Management Agency along with other organizations across the nation will participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.  The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut helps Alabamians prepare for an earthquake.  Alabama residents, schools, businesses, local, state and federal government agencies and many other groups are encouraged to register and participate in the Great ShakeOut.

During the drill, participants simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head/neck with your arms, and
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops

“Many people in our state are not aware of the fact that we have earthquakes quite frequently,” said Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings. “According to the Alabama Geological Survey, this year we have had about 11 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.8 to 2.7.  These low magnitude earthquakes do not normally cause structural damage but we could potentially have something of a higher magnitude.   The only way to be prepared is to practice and the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is a great opportunity.”

More than 2.1 million people have registered to participate in this year’s Great ShakeOut. Anyone can sign up to participate and we encourage everyone to register by visiting

If you and your family or organization would like to hold your own earthquake drill, all required materials including manuals, audio, video and simulated earthquake conditions are available at

Click the following link to view the Alabama Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Proclamation.

We encourage you to prepare and protect yourself and your family during an earthquake.  October 19, 2017 at 10:19 a.m. prepare to ShakeOut!