CSUSB to participate in Great California Shakeout earthquake drill today at 10:17 a.m.


Cal State San Bernardino will join hundreds of colleges, universities and other organizations throughout the state as participants in the sixth annual “Great California ShakeOut” simulated earthquake drill.ShakeOut_JoinUs_2013_300x250

Billed as the world’s largest earthquake drill, the exercise will take place at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

The purpose of the ShakeOut is to encourage people and organizations to be prepared to survive and recover when the next big earthquake happens. More than 9 million people are expected to participate in the 2013 Great California ShakeOut.

At 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17, the campus community will be notified via the university’s various communications systems that the campus has experienced a major earthquake. These messages will further test CSUSB’s communications channels through text messaging, voice messages, public address announcements, e-mail, social media and website notices.

Announcements over classroom and office speaker phones and the outdoor public address system will instruct faculty, staff and students who are inside a building to stay where they are and then “duck, cover and hold on,” as per the university’s emergency plan, which is available in a quick reference guide format in all classrooms and offices. People on campus who are outside will be asked to move to a clearing away from buildings, power lines or trees.

In addition to the earthquake preparedness drill, Cal State San Bernardino geology professor Joan Fryxell will lead a hike to a section of the San Andreas fault north of the campus. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the north side of the Biology building and walk to the fault, where they will stand on the fault trace during the “virtual earthquake” at 10:17 a.m. See “Geology professor to lead hike to San Andreas fault” for more information.

Officials estimate that an earthquake of this magnitude will sever local access to water, electricity, gas, fiber-optics, telecommunications, roads and railways, and that there will be extensive damage throughout the region.

“CSUSB’s participation in this statewide drill is intended to increase awareness of our faculty, staff, and students about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, and to be aware and prepare for any disaster,” said CSUSB Emergency Manager Rick Blackburn.

The earthquake drill also serves as a reminder for individuals to review and update their emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure any furnishings, fixtures and items at home and other locations to prevent damage and injuries.

More information about the event can be found at the Great California ShakeOut website.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino’s participation in the Great California Shake Out, contact Rick Blackburn, CSUSB emergency manager, at (909) 537-7477 or rblackburn@csusb.edu. For more information about CSUSB, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.