“Drop, cover and hold on.”

This is the drill that will be practiced on campus and worldwide on Oct.17 at 10:17 a.m. as a part of the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Two different drill scenarios will be practiced in the C building, D building and the Shatford Library, according to Sergeant Bill Abernathie.

“There will be a complete evacuation drill in the C building and a non-evacuation drill in the D building and library which includes the basic ‘drop, cover and hold on’ response,” Sgt. Abernathie said.

At 10:17 a.m. fire alarms in the C building will signal the beginning of the 15-minute earthquake drill. At that time students and staff in the C building will evacuate and gather near the mirror pools.

Those in the D building and library will be instructed to drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk and hold on for 60 seconds as if an earthquake were happening.

“The whole purpose of getting involved in the Great ShakeOut is to get people to think about what they would do if an earthquake were to happen right now,” Abernathie said. “Instead of panicking and running out of the building they will be properly prepared for when an earthquake.”

The Great California ShakeOut began in 2008 primarily in Southern California but has now been expanded to all of California as well as more than 20 regions. Those regions include states in the Southeast, Northeast, Rocky Mountains and Central United States.

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills not only take place in the United States but in other countries including Canada, Southern Italy, Japan and New Zealand.

As of Sept. 30, over 20 million participants have registered for the 2013 Great ShakeOut with over 8.7 coming from California, according to shakeout.org.

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