Earthquakes. We don’t think much about them until we hear of some horrible instance in the news, and yet there is seismic activity worldwide every single day. As evidence, the National Earthquake Information Center (a part of the U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS), now locates about 20,000 earthquakes around the globe each year, or approximately 55 per day. That’s certainly cause for concern and of course, preparedness.

For this reason, BOLDplanning is encouraging everyone to take one minute out of their day on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 10:21 AM local time, to participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

Always recognized on the third Thursday of October, the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes. This specifically includes the practice of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” a technique long credited for reducing injury and saving lives around the globe. The Great ShakeOut is also a time for encouraging you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies. 

To learn more (or to register), visit Additional earthquake preparedness information is always available at

Even if  you missed this year’s Great ShakeOut, you can always choose another date (or several dates) to practice earthquake safety. After all, any time is a good time to improve emergency preparedness.