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10/14/2011 07:00:00

The Great California ShakeOut

On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m., Caltech will once again participate in the annual statewide earthquake drill, the Great California ShakeOut. All Caltech students, staff, faculty, and visitors are encouraged to join more than 7.5 million Californians in performing three action steps: drop, cover, and hold on.

At 10:20 a.m., an alert will be sent via Caltech's emergency notification system to signify the start of the one-minute drill. 

Throughout the day, campus will be engaged in emergency-response and recovery activities as Caltech activates its Emergency Response Plan. 

In the days leading up to the Great California ShakeOut, we'll be sharing some quick tips on personal preparedness at home and in the office.

Remember, the better prepared we are to take these important action steps when an earthquake strikes, the fewer injuries we will incur. Taking part in the drill will make Caltech better equipped to recover and continue our normal business operations following a real earthquake. What we do now to prepare will determine our quality of life after a quake.

For more information on the exercise, contact the Safety Office at 395-6727 or

Written by Allison Benter