The Great California Shakeout Hits Thursday

Karen Cant
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
We live in “Earthquake Country” and experts warn that “the Big One” is coming. With that in mind, along with 7 million other people in California, Cypress College will be participating in The Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 10:21 a.m.

Participation in the ShakeOut will serve as the College’s emergency drill for this fall semester (no drill will be held at night this time around).

The drill will begin promptly at 10:21 a.m. without the sounding of any alarms. A video, produced by ShakeOut organizers will be broadcast on campus via the website. The video can be previewed on the College website at http://www.cypresscollege.edu/news/drill.htm any time prior to the drill. On October 21 at 10:21 a.m. the video will be a synchronized broadcast across campus via the website. This four-minute presentation talks about what to do during an earthquake. We have added some specific campus information.

Following the video you should evacuate to your assigned Assembly Point. Assembly Points are located on the lawn adjacent to the parking lots (indicated on the attached map) or in the lots themselves. Please follow the instructions of emergency responders who will direct you to the safest location. Always go to the Assembly Point first. The Evacuation Zones are utilized only if the situation requires. Emergency responders will request that people move if it is necessary.

It is also important to note that while we have tools available and staff trained, we will not be evacuating students with special mobility needs who are located on the upper floors of buildings. This decision is made to diminish the unnecessary risk of injury.

Instructions on the drill, including viewing the video, have been included in the attached packet. Talking points for faculty to share with students, and for college staff to review, are also included.

Participation in this drill is not optional.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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This article was contributed by Karen Cant, Vice President of Administrative Services at Cypress College.