Great ShakeOut 2017

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On October 19, 2017...

CSU Fullerton students, staff and faculty will join millions of Californians by practicing the steps to survive an earthquake!  At 10:10 a.m., there will be a campus-wide message to have everyone "Drop, Cover and Hold On!"

Drop Cover and Hold On

GENERAL NOTES on preparing for earthquakes.

  • For every earthquake where things are moving or falling, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!
  • Minor earthquakes should not prompt you to evacuate.  In fact, unless there is another reason to leave the building, you are safer inside than outside after an earthquake.
  • However, if you are ordered or required to evacuate, follow instructions from authorities.
  • If you are unsure and you believe that evacuation is necessary for your safety, wait for the shaking to stop, then carefully leave the building and move at least 50 feet away.
  • Never run while the building is shaking -- that's how people get seriously injured.

GREAT SHAKEOUT ACTIVITIES (to do in the classroom or office)

  • Demonstrate to others how to Drop, Cover and Hold On.
  • Point out the most important part to protect -- Your Head!
  • Remind drivers that in your car during an earthquake, stay in it until help arrives or it is not safe to stay.
  • Write down the major hazards in the places you frequent or pass getting to/from campus:
    • Power lines, old trees (especially palm trees) and old, un-reinforced masonry.
    • Overpasses and underpasses.
    • Dams, water towers, electrical towers, cell towers and other large structures that could fail.
  • Discuss what you need to have in your emergency kits -- for home, car and school/work.  Go to the Personal Preparedness Page here. 
  • Go to the USGS site and look at the San Andreas Fault and see how long it is!
  • Question -- Where is the fault in the U.S. and NOT on the west coast that can cause earthquakes equal to those in California?  (Hint:  Search "New Madrid Fault")
  • Look at the Ring of Fire Opens in new window -- Notice that our side of the Pacific is very quiet.  Good news or not -- please discuss this!