We all know about California’s earthquake history. In fact, earthquakes happen every day in the Golden State—we just don’t feel most of them. However, when the larger ones do strike, we need to prepared. The safest action any of us can take when the ground starts moving is Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

This page features Drop, Cover and Hold On videos in both English and Spanish. If you use these during your earthquake preparedness training, your employees can see how this process works, and how to apply it in different situations.

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Drop, Cover, and Hold on is designed to keep you safe during an earthquake and help prevent injuries. The larger an earthquake is, the more potential it has for causing damage, injury, and even death. At the time of the earthquake, no one knows how big it will be—which is why we need to take the safest possible action right away.

Each October, organizations throughout California and the entire world take the time to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On, during the Great ShakeOut. You are encouraged to conduct this drill throughout the year, to refresh your employees on what to do in an earthquake. Since we do not know when the next earthquake will strike, and since we do know that California has a history of destructive earthquakes, anything we can do to be prepared, increases our chances of riding out the earthquake without major injuries or worse.

The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for medical advice or legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.