Californians must get better prepared before the next big earthquake, and practice how to protect ourselves when it happens. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.
The boxes below provide instructions for how all post-secondary institutions including public and private colleges and universities, and also trade/vocational schools, can plan their drill, tips for getting prepared, and suggestions for sharing the ShakeOut with others. With your participation, this may be the largest earthquake drill ever!
Other ways to participate:
Earthquake scientist Dr. David Bowman is proud of the collaboration among faculty and staff he helped organize at Cal State Fullerton for the 2008 ShakeOut, with a goal of having a more resilient campus. The Geology Department hosted a "Get Ready Rally" a few days before the drill to raise awareness, and the University held a full-scale campus-wide drill on ShakeOut day. After the Drop, Cover and Hold On drill, a campus-wide building evacuation was held. Bowman attributes the preparations for ShakeOut to having made the University a safer place.
Between now and October 16:
October 16, 10:16 a.m.:
What we do now, before the next big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards.