The Great Montana Shake Out Drill

This Great ShakeOut Drill is being conducted to provide information to UM students, faculty and staff on what actions to take in the event of an actual earthquake. On July 6, 2017 a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck western Montana, being felt as far as Spokane Washington. Earthquakes can happen anywhere you work, live, or travel, which is why everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves should an earthquake occur.  


On Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:19 a.m., the reader boards on campus will display a test alert message and will elicit an alarm as part of our earthquake ShakeOut drill. Students, Faculty, and Staff may participate in the“Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill.

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until shaking stops

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.  Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.

  • Be familiar with the closest emergency exits.
  • Do not use elevators; Use stairwells.

Safety Resources:

University of Montana Police Department

Non-Emergency Number – (406) 243-6131

Emergency Number – 911 or on campus (406) 243-4000

Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs

(406) 243-5225

Curry Health Center

(406) 243-2122

For additional information about the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, visit