Whether we live in earthquake country or may one day visit an area where earthquakes are possible, we need to know how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. Many of our out-of-state and international students may have never experienced an earthquake and have had little to no earthquake preparedness education. Some of us may know what to do, but have not practiced how to protect ourselves since we were children.

Help us keep our students and community prepared and safe by encouraging participation in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 17, 2019, at 10:17 a.m

Each year more than 25 million people participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills worldwide, in K-12 schools, colleges, businesses, government agencies, other organizations, and households. Participants practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On” (and other aspects of their emergency plans):

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!);
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and seek additional shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible get next to an interior wall of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not move to another location or run outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. These are guidelines for most situations; go to www.earthquakecountry.org/step5 to learn what to do in specific settings. 

A ShakeOut instructional guide and 4-slide PowerPoint presentation for use by instructors in their classes and laboratories are available at www.ShakeOut.org/colleges.

At PCC on ShakeOut Day, all faculty, staff, and students should practice the DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON exercise. All of our locations will be participating in a complete evacuation after the initial response of the DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON drill. Faculty and staff will assist with the evacuation of all students through the nearest safe exit point to an evacuation zone. As in a real emergency, you should be mindful of buildings, power lines or other possible hazardous conditions.

If you’d like to learn more about preparedness information and resources specific to PCC visit our Police and College Safety page.

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