The annual Great California Shakeout earthquake drill begins at 10:18 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.

The California Earthquake Authority asks local businesses, “Will your employees properly protect themselves in a powerful earthquake?”

The Authority encourages businesses to participate in the Shakeout by holding an earthquake drill and practicing “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”

Organizations can register to participate in the Great California Shakeout at

For a list of actions, an employer can do to prepare for an earthquake, the Authority has information at Examples of good preparation include safety plans, current and adequate supplies and functioning emergency communications systems.