has been a lot of uncertainty over the past few months due to COVID-19.
Work environments are adapting and changing. Schools and colleges are
considering how to operate. It seems like every day, we are
confronting new challenges. All while earthquakes are
still happening. One thing's for sure: ShakeOut is also still happening this year (October 15), and we are here to support you and your drill's participants.
can ShakeOut when and where you want, whether that's at home, work,
school, or even through a video conference. We can and should still
practice how to be safe when the earth shakes, especially when your
situation changes. Your ShakeOut activity
may look and feel different this year, but there has always
been flexibility in how and when you would like to hold
your drill. This could mean you have your drill on another day than this year's International ShakeOut Day, October 15, or across multiple days (depending on your situation).
While most ShakeOut drills and other activities can happen easily as always, there are some new considerations:
- Where will your participants be at drill time? Together,
or some at work, school or home? Consider video-conferencing! Take
recordings or screenshots to share on social media. Have an
after-action dialogue or survey.
- For those in-person, follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Ensure distancing and wear masks, and regularly wash your hands.
- Choose your own date (or multiple dates) to accommodate as many participants as possible, rotating schedules, and the unexpected. Most may still participate on 10/15.
the years, many people have found more peace of mind by going the extra
mile as a part of their ShakeOut participation. They have proudly secured their furniture, appliances and art from shaking, worked with neighbors, schools, and co-workers to make better disaster plans, and even retrofitted their homes and businesses. And of-course, at a minimum, they have held a simple Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill.
This year, going the extra mile might mean participating at a
different time or location, with physical distancing and other
protective measures in place.
will have more COVID-19-specific guidance soon, and welcome your
innovative ideas, too! ShakeOut is a grassroots effort, and your 2020
ShakeOut plans may inspire others, so please share with us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got a question? Need help?
We encourage you to visit ShakeOut.org/resources! If
you can't find what you're looking for, just hit "reply" to this email
and we'll get back to you soon. You can also review our recently revised Frequently Asked Questions page at ShakeOut.org/faq.