Great ShakeOut Drill Set for Thursday, Oct. 18

Fullerton College, including NOCE’s Wilshire Center, will be among thousands of schools and businesses across California who will participate in the Great ShakeOut Drill on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. The earthquake and emergency preparedness drill is an opportunity for the campus to review earthquake drill procedures, test the emergency communications system, and practice evacuation protocols to ensure students and staff are well prepared for a major earthquake or disaster.

The drill is set to begin at 10:18 a.m. and will be initiated by President Greg Schulz. Campus Safety officers and building marshals will be on hand to direct students and staff to drop, cover, and hold under a desk for about one minute and then begin the evacuation process. Everyone on campus will be instructed to vacate the buildings and gather in designated evacuation areas on the campus until the drill has concluded.

The drill is expected to last about 30 minutes.

During the drill, staff will also be testing the use of the Emergency Evacuation Chair (Stryker Chair) for the evacuation of injured people and setting up a mock triage area for injured people.

Before the drill begins, the campus community, including the Wilshire Center, will receive a test of the mass emergency communication system. A text message, voicemail and email will be sent. Please visit myGateway to review and update your personal contact information if needed.

The Great Shakeout Drill has taken place on the third Thursday in October since 2008. Many schools, businesses, and residents participate in the drill each year to evaluate and improve earthquake preparation procedures.

For a complete guide and tips on how to prepare for a major earthquake visit www.shakeout.org.

If you have any questions regarding this evacuation exercise, please contact Jim McKamy at (714) 932-5481 or jmckamy@fullcoll.edu.

Author: Fullerton College

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