Campus & community, Campus news, Events at Berkeley

Emergency-prep 'ShakeOut' set for Thursday

By Public Public Affairs


Lucy Jones
This summer’s Hollywood block-buster San Andreas — depicting a devastating California temblor — was both “very bad seismology” and a rare teaching moment for U.S. Geological Survey science adviser Lucy Jones, who live-tweeted the red-carpet premiere and separated fact from fiction in a Reddit “ Ask Me Anything ” session.

The USGS seismologist will offer a pair of Hitchcock Lectures on campus Wednesday, Oct. 14 (“Imagining America Without Los Angeles,”), and Thursday, Oct. 15 (“The Challenges of Science Communication”).

Both free talks , sponsored by the Graduate Division, are set for 4:10 p.m. in Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, the UC Berkeley campus will participate in the “Great California ShakeOut,” a statewide day of events designed to encourage Californians to prepare for major earthquakes and other emergencies.

At 10:15 a.m, campus warning sirens will sound. Members of the campus community are encouraged to practice sheltering under a desk and holding tight. Instructors and students in class need not participate in this exercise.

For the ShakeOut, the campus will practice other key aspects of emergency-response and evacuation procedures.

At Durant Hall, occupants will practice “drop, cover and hold on” at 10:15 a.m., then evacuate the building to test building emergency procedures, including departmental roll call.

Radio communication between campus building coordinators and emergency management area coordinators will also be tested.

A key component of the campus emergency response, this system is designed to strengthen the ability to effectively and efficiently facilitate a campuswide evacuation.

3 tips poster

Click on image to read and print PDF.

A free emergency-preparedness mobile app — offering Berkeley-specific tips and guidance for earthquakes, power outages, and other situations — is available from the campus Office of Emergency Management.

Visit the OEM website for download instructions and other emergency-related resources.

Members of the campus community are also encouraged to sign up for WarnMe text alerts via the WarnMe website . Because text messages are the fastest way to receive notification in an emergency, it’s recommended that they be designated as one’s first alert priority.