‘Great Guam ShakeOut’ on Oct. 17

This file photo shows elementary school students participating in the 'Great Guam ShakeOut.'

A major earthquake can happen anywhere at any time. And in order to prepare for the unexpected, Guam residents are invited to join the “Great Guam ShakeOut,” the island’s largest earthquake drill.

On Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m., participants will drop, cover, and hold on to practice preparedness because they may only have seconds to protect themselves in an earthquake.

According to Jenna Gaminde Blas, the public information officer for Guam Homeland Security, around 67,000 participants joined last year’s shakeout and she is encouraging more residents to join the event.

“This is a worldwide initiative. We’ll have people participating in all across the nation and even in some other areas of the world, some other countries. So we really wanna show our participation. Every year, we show an increase in our numbers and we wanna see the same thing again this year,” Blas said.

If you’re interested to participate in the Great Guam Shakeout on Oct.17 at 10:17 a.m., you can register at shakeout.org/guam.

As a participant, you can learn what you can do to prepare yourself for an earthquake.