Get ready to ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 18

Though our region hasn’t felt a major earthquake in more than 15 years, we all need to be prepared for the next time the ground moves. That’s why King County encourages everyone to take part in the Great Washington ShakeOut on Thursday, October 18. 

At 10:18 a.m., or another time convenient to you, practice what you would do in an earthquake: 

  • DROP to the floor 
  • Take COVER under a desk, table, or other sturdy furniture and protect your head 
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops. 

FMD will announce the earthquake drill in many King County buildings, and we encourage you to hold your own drill at home after work. 

This is also a good time to make sure you’re signed up to receive alerts. To register for KCInform, our internal alert system, email or call 206-296-3830 to request a unique registration link. To sign up for ALERT King County, our public warning system, visit 

The data you provide for these systems is secure and protected and will only be used to contact you in the event of an emergency or system test. 

You should also take this opportunity to look at your emergency kit(s) to make sure you have everything you need, and to replace anything that is expired, damaged, or spoiled.  

For more preparedness tips and information, visit