Celebrate the Great Washington Shake Out: Drop, Cover, Hold On

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Residents of Washington and other earthquake-prone regions worldwide are gearing up to celebrate the GREAT SHAKE OUT on October 17th, 2013.

Everybody is encouraged to participate in this international earthquake drill, practicing safety measures such as DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.


This drill is especially important for Pacific Northwesterners, where earthquake awareness is only slow to take hold:  While Californians have known for centuries that they live on ‘shaky grounds’ and have adapted accordingly in their daily lives – from school drills to emergency preparedness kits – Washingtonians have lived in the illusion that the ground they’re standing on is safe.

This false presumption goes largely back to an early professor of geology, who surveyed the Puget Sound area in 1920 and deemed it safe:  “Seattle […] has a shock absorber which makes the city immune for all time.”

Ooops.  Not so much.  However, it took another 60 years before scientists grasped the full extent of seismic activity in Washington, and promptly made the Northwest the epicenter of earthquake research worldwide.

This should give us a hint.  Washington State is the earthquake hot spot, and the next “Big One” is not only ‘out there’, but it’s also long overdue.

For more information on how to prepare, be safe and protect your assets, please visit our Earthquake Safety Page at “Living Proactively:”



or request an Earthquake Insurance Quote here.

Please be safe.  We’re here to help!



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