Drop, Cover and Hold On

The Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill is on October 19, 2017. All three UW campuses will be participating.

Drills will be held at 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017. A ShakeOut instructional guide and short PowerPoint presentation for use by instructors in their classes are available at www.ShakeOut.org/colleges.

Participants should practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On“:

  • DROP to the ground
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and seek additional shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then, if possible, get next to an interior wall of the room. Do not move to another location or run outside.

For preparedness information and resources specific to University of Washington Tacoma, visit www.tacoma.uw.edu/safety.