On Thursday, October 18th at 10:18 a.m. Saddleback College and District Services will join thousands of other colleges, schools, and organizations in the Great California Shakeout, the nation’s largest state-sponsored emergency exercise. All students, faculty, staff and administrators are requested to participate in this full-scale emergency preparedness drill that focuses on responding to a simulated, catastrophic earthquake. The entire exercise is expected to take approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. The following provides an overview of the drill:
Phase I – Earthquake Announcement
At 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18th, a campus-wide simulated emergency InformaCast System broadcast will be made to each classroom and/or office telephone stating: “This is a drill; this is a drill; earthquake, earthquake!” In response to this announcement, all students, faculty, staff, and management should practice the DROP, COVER, HOLD ON protocol (DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops). Because not all classrooms are equipped with desks for coverage, hold on to what is available and stay put. For drill purposes, hold on until the “all clear” announcement is received through the college’s InformaCast System via classrooms and office telephones, which will be delivered 30 seconds after the earthquake drill announcement.
Phase II – Building Evacuation
After the “all clear” is announced, all students, faculty, staff, and management are asked to evacuate their buildings according to the campus evacuation floor plans and evacuation maps which can be found in each building and online at www.saddleback.edu/police/. The evacuation drill is over when the College CERT Team member(s) announce (green vests and green helmets) that the exercise is over, and ask everyone to return to their classes and workspaces and resume normal activity. CERT team members will be directing students and staff to the evaluation areas, and standing by for the “all clear” command.
By participating in this important emergency exercise, you are taking direct action in preparing yourself and your community in the event of a true earthquake or other emergency. For more information on the Great California Shakeout please visit www.shakeout.org/ and for additional information on Saddleback College’s emergency planning and procedures, please visit www.saddleback.edu/police/.
Thank you in advance for taking personal responsibility for the health and safety of you and those around you by participating in the Great California Shakeout!