City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 101723-4
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill: Don’t Wait, Participate!
Reginald Harrison
Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications encourages residents to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill taking place this year on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at 10:19 a.m. International ShakeOut Day is annually recognized across the globe on the third Thursday in October. It is estimated that more than 45 million people participated in this earthquake safety drill worldwide last year.

“An earthquake can happen at any time, anywhere, and without warning,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “The Great ShakeOut serves as a yearly reminder of the personal protective measures that we can take in the event an earthquake strikes while we are at work, school or home."

To participate in the Great ShakeOut, residents are encouraged to register online and practice these three steps to reduce their risk of injury during an earthquake:

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees; this position protects you from being knocked down.
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand and, if possible, crawl under a sturdy table or desk for shelter.
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

Older adults and people with disabilities or limited mobility are encouraged to review these Earthquake Safety Accessibility Tips for guidance before, during and after an earthquake. In the days leading up to the Great ShakeOut drill, Disaster Preparedness staff will conduct a citywide test of the Alert Long Beach emergency messaging system and conduct focused educational outreach to local organizations and facilities that provide supportive services to older adults and to youth and young adults enrolled in the Long Beach Unified School District, California State University of Long Beach and Long Beach City College.

“During an earthquake, the natural inclination is to evacuate or run out of buildings. However, during an earthquake, we should move away from windows and shelter in place with overhead protection, for as long as it is safe to do so,” said Reggie Harrison, Director of the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications Department. “During an earthquake most people are hurt or injured from falling objects, residents should take this time to secure items to walls and ceilings that may fall during an earthquake.”

In addition to participating in the Great ShakeOut, the City is encouraging the public to let the day serve as an important reminder to take additional precautionary steps to prepare for any type of disaster with the following helpful tips:

  • Stay alert. Sign up for Alert Long Beach to receive emergency notifications from the City.
  • Learn. Residents should learn basic emergency medical procedures, take a CPR class.
  • Prepare a go-bag. Residents should have a go-bag next to their beds to quickly evacuate when the need arises. The bag should contain essential items for individuals and their family members (including pets) to be self-sustaining for up to five days.
  • Get informed. Review the Hazard Mitigation webpage, which includes information about earthquakes and other hazards that can impact Long Beach, as well as the adopted Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, and visit My Hazards to find out what specific hazards impact your place of work or home.

Residents can also sign up to receive earthquake early warning notifications for earthquakes of 4.5 magnitude or higher by downloading the MyShake app. This service utilizes state-of-the art ground motion monitoring to deliver warnings via cell phone, which can provide critical seconds to take precautionary measures before the strongest shaking starts, depending on proximity to the epicenter.

Additional information on earthquakes and other disaster preparedness topics can be found on the Disaster Preparedness website at and on Facebook and Instagram at @LBDisasterPrep. 

About the City of Long Beach 
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000 people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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