Community Invited to Participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut

Community Invited to Participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut

Next month, Guam will take part in the world’s largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut. On Thursday, October 18, 2018 at exactly 10:18 a.m. (ChST), participants will practice the earthquake response procedure; “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as advised by the Great ShakeOut organization. The drill will last for one minute.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) encourage all residents to increase earthquake preparedness and response by practicing how to protect themselves during an earthquake and how to ensure an earthquake disaster does not become a catastrophe. The ShakeOut participation provides the opportunity to evaluate emergency plans, increase awareness of earthquake safety, and improve resiliency within your community.

“It is our goal to one day have everyone on the island participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “Earthquakes happen without warning. Practicing your earthquake drills now is a helpful way to prepare for when a real one does happen. Along with the drill, have open discussions with family, coworkers, and friends to review earthquake procedures and plans.  Your participation brings the island one step closer to meeting our island’s preparedness goals.”

In 2017, over 90K residents from Guam registered to participate. To participate in this year’s ShakeOut, residents must register online at or call (671) 475-9600. The ShakeOut website provides drill manuals, tips on earthquake safety and other resources for developing a disaster plan. Residents may register as an individual, family, school, business, or other group and are encouraged to share photos of their ShakeOut experience on the Great Guam ShakeOut website.

Island residents will join over 20 million ShakeOut participants from across the U.S., Hawaii, British Columbia, CNMI, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Southern Italy, and other various regions.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at


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