Join Us for the largest Earthquake Drill in U.S. History, October 16Glendale Community College has registered to participate in the statewide "Great California ShakeOut" earthquake drill which will occur on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. The Great California ShakeOut drill is organized to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. Glendale Community College students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to join millions of Californians by practicing “DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON.” Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.

In an actual earthquake, when shaking starts:

1. DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)

2. Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table

3. 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. Students who wish to participate in the drill during class should first coordinate with their instructors.

Participating classrooms, offices and departments may also 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 major earthquake, buildings may be evacuated due to initial shock as well as the danger of aftershocks that can impact structures or rupture gas lines which can lead to a fire.

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.

The Glendale Community College Police Department will also be using the "Nixle" emergency notification system to conduct a test message to coincide with this drill. One text message will be sent out at the beginning of the drill, and a second text message will be sent out at the end of the drill. The use of the Nixle emergency text notification system allows us to test our system on at least an annual basis. If you have not already signed up for Nixle, you may do so by texting “GO GCCALERT” from your cellular phone to 888777. There is no cost to subscribe, however your standard messaging rates may apply.

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/. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Glendale Community College Police Department at (818) 409-5925.

Thank you.
Last updated: 9/29/2014 9:38:37 AM