Glendale Community College has registered to participate in the "Great California ShakeOut" statewide earthquake drill on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. The Great California ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill ever, organized to inspire Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. The purpose of the ShakeOut drill is to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school, and home.

Glendale Community College students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to join millions of Californians by practicing "DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON" on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. When shaking starts, "DROP" to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!). Take "COVER" by getting under a sturdy desk or table. "HOLD ON" to it until the shaking stops. For more information and videos on the "DROP, COVER and HOLD ON" safety action, as well as safety steps to take for people with disabilities and other access or functional needs, please visit http://www.shakeout.org/california/dropcoverholdon/.

This is a VOLUNTARY DRILL ONLY.  Participation is at the discretion of each faculty member, manager or employee in their individual classrooms, departments, or offices. However, we do encourage everyone to participate and to encourage students in your class or area to participate as well. Students whom wish to participate in the drill during class should coordinate with their instructors and professors first.

The Glendale Community College Police Department will be testing the AlertU emergency text notification system to coincide with this drill. One text message will be sent out at the beginning of the drill to simulate when the shaking starts, and a second text message will be sent out approximately a minute later to simulate when the shaking stops. The testing of the AlertU emergency text notification system also allows us to test our system on at least an annual basis. If you have not already signed up for the AlertU notification system, you may do so by texting “GCC” to 253788 (AlertU) and reply “Y”. There is no cost to subscribe, however your standard message rates may apply. Additionally, you can sign up via the web at http://www.alertu.org/gcc .

The “DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON” portion of the drill should take approximately a minute. After the drill, participants should look around their surroundings for possible hazards in the area, such as items that may have fallen in an actual earthquake. They may then take appropriate actions to make the environment safer.

Participating classrooms, offices and departments may also, if they choose, practice evacuating the building they are in and assembling in their building's designated evacuation area. This action can better familiarize students and employees with the designated evacuation areas for their buildings. In the event of an actual major earthquake, buildings may be evacuated due to the danger of aftershocks bringing weakened structures down and possible gas leaks or fires occurring. For a map of the designated evacuation areas for each campus please visit http://www.glendale.edu/index.aspx?page=5828 .  As a reminder, for those wishing to practice evacuating, please bring your personal belongings with you, and secure any sensitive or valuable materials in the classrooms or offices.

For more information on steps to take to better prepare your home or office before an earthquake occurs, such as making disaster preparedness kits, please view the “7 Steps to Earthquake Preparedness” at http://earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/ .

Reminder emails will be sent out as we get closer to the date of the drill. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Glendale Community College Police Department at (818) 409-5925.

Last updated: 7/21/2014 11:50:40 PM