The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 19 will involve 20 million people who will practice what to do if a quake strikes, including "drop, cover and hold on," the protocol recommended by earthquake safety experts as essential for avoiding injury and even death. 

In 2016, more than 55 million people across the United States and in more than 60 other countries participated.

ShakeOut is a one-minute drop, cover, and hold on drill at the minimum, though people are encouraged to do much more, such as follow the 7 steps to earthquake safety.

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