Statewide Earthquake Drill to take place in Delaware

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) encourages people across the state to take part in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill, Thursday October 17 at 10:17 a.m.

Two earthquakes in the last ten years were felt in Delaware. As recently as two years ago in November, 2017, a 4.1 earthquake was centered in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Dover. That followed a quake in August, 2011 that was centered in Virginia.

Participation in The Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill is simple and takes just a few moments. At 10:17 a.m. local time, DEMA asks that you drop, cover, and hold on for earthquake preparedness;

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

Go to to register your family, school, business, or organization in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan a drill, and how to create a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness.

It takes less than five-minute and could save your life. For more information, visit The ShakeOut is free and open-to-the-public.