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The Great Arizona ShakeOut 2019 – Post-Mortem

The Great Arizona ShakeOut on 17 Oct. 2019 engaged 87,134* people to, ‘Drop, Cover, & Hold On’, to prepare for the ground shaking that accompanies moderate to severe earthquakes. Enrollment in 2019 decreased by 22% from 2018; in 2016 and 2015, enrollment was ~66k and ~74k, respectively. (Our highwater mark was 124k in 2014.)

Our primary audience of K-12 and college students and staff comprised 40,225 (49,412 in 2018) and 35,784  (29,575 in 2018), respectively.

Looking forward to 2020.  Continued financial support (~$30,000) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), coupled with a 25% match by AZGS and complemented by logistical support from the Arizona Dept. of Emergency and Military Affairs, will be instrumental in promoting and growing ShakeOut in 2020.


We are planning a ShakeOut barnstorming campaign to engage people in the rural Arizona counties of Yavapai, Coconino, Greenlee, and Yuma, and La Paz.

Another major effort will be to establish a seismic safety council for Arizona. On October 30, 2019, we’ll confer with ~12 individuals with expertise in seismicity, emergency management, engineering, public policy, and earthquake preparedness to flesh out the membership and objectives of the Arizona Council on Earthquake Safety (ACES).

We’ll have more news about ACES in November 2019.

* The enrollment number was revised upwards to 87,416 (21 Oct. 2017).

Note: This is a summary of a larger report shared with ShakeOut partners.

Posted 21 Oct 2019 ( FMC )

ShakeOut totals - groups and counties
Participation totals for ShakeOut 2019 - Groups & Counties