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Great California ShakeOut 2016, Oct. 20

On October 20, Cal State San Marcos will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in the Great California ShakeOut, the largest statewide earthquake drill to date!

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live or travel in California. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and assess our workspace and homes for potential earthquake hazards. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your family, the University and our community.

On October 20 at 10:20 a.m., a message will be broadcast throughout campus advising to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” We will broadcast the drill notice via desktop alert, digital signage, phone intercom and outdoor speakers. We ask that when you receive this broadcast to please participate and to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” wherever you are on campus at that time.

If you are in your office, classroom or conference room, “Drop, Cover and Hold On” under any available large object that will protect you from falling debris. This is also a perfect time to look around your workspace, classrooms and homes to identify any potential hazards if this were an actual earthquake.

We are asking that faculty, managers and supervisors take a few minutes after the drill to discuss what you would do if this were an actual earthquake.

Below is a short 60-second video. Please take a few minutes at some time on or before Oct. 20 to watch.


"Drop, Cover and Hold On" - Please help keep phone lines accessible for emergency use, send quick text to family letting them know you are OK. Only call if there is an emergency situation.

Be prepared, build, buy or update your Emergency Preparedness Kit, develop or update your Emergency Plan, create a communication plan (highly recommended to text first, call second).

We thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s Great California ShakeOut!