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The Great California ShakeOut

On Oct. 18, Cal State San Marcos will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” for the Great California ShakeOut.

Major earthquakes can happen at any time. The ShakeOut drill is an opportunity to practice how we protect ourselves, and assess our work space and homes for potential earthquake hazards.

On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m., an emergency notification message will be broadcast throughout campus advising to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” We’ll announce the start of the ShakeOut drill via desktop alert, digital signage, text message and campus telephone intercom. When you receive the notification to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” please participate wherever you are on campus.

Faculty, managers and supervisors, please take a few minutes after the drill to discuss what you would do if this were an actual earthquake. Possible discussion topics:

  • Look around the classroom or office and identify any potential hazards.
  • When should we evacuate the building?
  • What are our evacuation routes and gathering points?
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • When leaving a building, be especially watchful of falling debris.

If you a current CSUSM faculty, staff, student or administrator and wish to update or check your emergency phone information, please use the following link: Update or verify your emergency notification phone number

Feel free to play this 60-second audio file in the classroom or office any time during the day.

Helpful links:

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety – Earthquake Country Alliance  

Be Prepared for an Earthquake – FEMA

Earthquake Safety – America Red Cross

Preparedness Resources – California Earthquake Authority