‘Great Shakeout’ drill set for Thursday morning

On Thursday, Oct. 17, the UC Berkeley campus will join thousands of other organizations across the state participating in the Great California Shakeout. The Shakeout is a statewide drill designed to get Californians prepared for a major earthquake. Over 9 million people are expected to participate in this years event.

At approximately 10:17 a.m., UCPD will sound the alert sirens to indicate the start of the drill. At that time everyone is encouraged to drop, cover, and hold on. This is also a great opportunity for departments to review their policies and procedures while helping staff practice the skills that may save their lives in the event of a disaster.

To further help the campus community prepare, the Office of Emergency Management is partnering with the American Red Cross to staff preparedness tables near Sather Gate from noon to 2 p.m. Come by to learn more about how to make a plan, build a kit and get trained.

For more information and resources, check out the Shakeout website.