GHS/OCD Promotes Earthquake Preparedness Week and Tsunami Preparedness Week

GHS/OCD Promotes Earthquake Preparedness Week and Tsunami Preparedness Week

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero will declare the week of August 4-10, 2019 as Earthquake Preparedness Week (EPW) and August 11-17 as Tsunami Preparedness Week (TPW) to promote earthquake and tsunami hazard preparedness as an active collaboration among federal, territorial and local emergency management agencies, community leaders and the public. 


The Earthquake Preparedness Week and Tsunami Preparedness Week Proclamation Signing is scheduled for Friday, August 2, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex, Adelup, Large Conference Room.


This will be Guam’s second year promoting Earthquake Preparedness Week. The dates were chosen to commemorate the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Guam on August 8, 1993. Governor Leon Guerrero’s declaration of EPW and TPW provide an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s abilities to recognize, respond and recover from the threat earthquakes and tsunamis pose to our community. EPW and TPW will also be used to encourage registration and participation in the upcoming, island-wide earthquake drill, the Great Guam ShakeOut happening on October 17, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. The ShakeOut drill encourages residents to practice their earthquake procedure, “Drop, Cover and Hold On” to promote earthquake safety:

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand
    1. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
    2. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
    3. Stay on your knees, bend over to protect vital organs
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops
    1. Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
    2. No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands


Throughout the weeks of August 4-10 and August 11-17, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will promote information through social media about how to build an emergency kit, how to make an emergency communication plan, what to do before, during and after an earthquake, and tsunami awareness information. Those interested in participating and finding more information throughout the weeks can follow Guam Homeland Security on Facebook at, follow @guamhomelandsecurity on Instagram and visit the GHS/OCD website at


Residents and visitors are encouraged to use EPW and TPW as a chance to open discussions with friends and family about earthquake and tsunami preparedness by using the following resources:

For more information, contact Tsunami Specialist, Denille Calvo at (671) 475-9600 or via email at


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




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