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The Great Idaho ShakeOut

October is Earthquake Awareness Month, and The Great Idaho ShakeOut happens October 18th at 10:18 AM. This annual event helps to reinforce awareness throughout the state, among children and adults, of what to do during an earthquake. Why is this important? Idaho is actually a very seismically active state.

If your organization hasn't registered to participate, please register here:

To see if your organization has already registered, please check here:

IOEM has created a video that teachers can play in the classroom that explains what an earthquake is and what to do when an earthquake strikes. After watching the video, the teachers can start the drill by saying "Earthquake, earthquake!" Their students will then Drop, Cover and Hold On under their desks until the teacher says it is all clear. The teacher can do this several times until the students are comfortable and proficient.

The video can also be streamed on YouTube here:

For slower or less-reliable connections, the video can be downloaded here: Great Idaho ShakeOut 2018 (92 MB)

Thank you for your participation in this year's Great Idaho ShakeOut! If you have any questions or feedback, please email Aaron Blake, Community Preparedness Coordinator at IOEM, at


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