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Take part in the California ShakeOut

Earthquakes are one of our region’s most significant safety threats. Major earthquakes can happen at any time and nearly anywhere in California. Help keep our campus prepared and safe by participating in the Southern California Shakeout drill later this week. The drill is based on a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the San Andreas fault – a temblor about 500 times stronger than the 6.0 one that struck South Napa on August 24.

A campuswide zotALERT notification and smart classroom messaging will be sent at 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, asking everyone to participate. Whether you are in a lab, classroom, or office:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake knocks you down)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to something sturdy and stay where you are until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and, if possible, move to an inside corner of the room away from any windows. Crawl 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. 

Other recommendations:

For more information, contact Anne Widney, Emergency Services Manager, at or (949) 824-7147.

Paul Henisey

Chief of Police

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