Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Oct. 18, 2018 - Town of Middletown, Delaware

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Oct. 18, 2018

Date: October 10, 2018


Plan to Participate in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill


(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) encourages people across the state to take part in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill October 18 at 10:18 a.m. 

Two earthquakes in the last ten years were felt throughout Delaware.  In November, 2017, a 4.1 earthquake was centered in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Dover.  In 1997 the U.S. Geological Survey and FEMA reclassified Delaware from being a low seismic risk state to a medium risk category.

Participation in The Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill is simple and takes just a few moments. On October 18th at 10:18 a.m. local time, we ask that you join us when we 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. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.  For more information, visit



Gary L. Laing (MPIO)

Community Relations Officer

Delaware Emergency Management Agency


302-659-2210 (office)