Dear Campus Community,
The 2016 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 A.M., Glendale Community College will join other colleges, businesses and organizations by participating in the “DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON” safety action.
At the first signs of an earthquake:
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
- COVER your head and neck with your arms and hands, or by getting under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture if available
- HOLD ON” to your cover to prevent it from moving away from you during the shaking
- DO NOT attempt to run outside or stand in a doorway during an earthquake. Running during an earthquake may cause injury
This drill will be VOLUNTARY. However, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate to better prepare themselves in the event of an actual earthquake. Participating classrooms, offices and departments may also practice evacuating and assembling in their building's designated evacuation area. This can better familiarize students and employees with their building’s designated evacuation area if an evacuation is required. For a map of designated evacuation areas as well as what to do during other emergencies such as a fire or how to “Shelter-in-Place”, please visit www.glendale.edu/emergencyprocedures .
A test of the “Nixle” emergency notification system will also be done to coincide with the start of the drill. If you have not already signed up for Nixle, please text “GO GCCALERT” to 888777. It is free to subscribe however your standard messaging rates may apply.
Now is the time to prepare your homes and work places for a major earthquake. Look over your home, classrooms, office and work areas to identify potential items that may fall over during an earthquake.
- Move heavy or large items to the floor or low shelves
- Move things that can fall on you away from where you spend a lot of time
- Move heavy or unstable objects away from doors and escape routes
Disaster supplies kit for your home, work and any vehicles.
Preparing disaster supplies kits now may help save lives, make life more comfortable and will help you cope after the next earthquake. Backpacks or other large carrying bags are best for your disaster supplies kits so you can take them with you if you need to evacuate. Your disaster supplies kits should include at a minimum:
- Water: recommended 1 gallon per person, per day, for at least three days
- Food: nonperishable packaged or canned food. Ex: ready to eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, protein bars, trail mix, peanut butter, jelly, crackers
- Tools/Supplies: Flashlights or light sticks, portable radios, with extra batteries, whistle, manual can opener
- First aid kit: sterile adhesive bandages, gauze pads, hypoallergenic adhesive tape, rubbing alcohol, eye wash, and aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Clothing: comfortable walking shoes, sweater/jacket, dust mask, extra eyeglasses, protective goggles, and work gloves
- Sanitation: Extra toilet paper, tissue, towelettes, anti-bacterial disinfectant, personal hygiene supplies, heavy duty garbage bags
For your home disaster supplies kit you may also wish to keep:
- enough food and water to last two weeks
- tools/wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
- copies of important documents such as insurance policies and extra cash in small denominations
Note: Use and replace perishable items like water, food, medications and batteries on a yearly basis.
For more information on the Great California ShakeOut visit www.shakeout.org/california
For more detailed information on steps to Prepare, Survive, and Recover from an earthquake please visit www.earthquakecountry.org .
If you have any questions please contact the Glendale College Police Dept. (818) 551-5205.