October 14, 2013
Students, faculty and staff at Mt. San Jacinto College will drop, cover and hold on as they practice safety tips during the Great California Shakeout 2013 drill scheduled for 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The Great California Shakeout is the largest earthquake safety drill in history. Each year, millions of Californians participate in the drill. It’s designed to help students, faculty and staff learn how to be prepare in a real emergency situation.
The college has organized student contests with the Student Government Association and engaged faculty and staff by appointing building captains to encourage the campus communities to participate during the earthquake drill, said Kara McGee, MSJC’s Risk Management Coordinator.
“MSJC recognizes the importance of practice as part of emergency preparedness, so we need to make sure our students are also engaging in these types of activities,” McGee said. “Our Student Government Association and clubs have been signing up as many students as possible to participate in the Shakeout this year. We’ve had more students get involved and express interest this year than in previous years. That’s good news, because we want them to know how to keep themselves safe.”
Student clubs are competing to get the most students to sign up for the Shakeout. Names of students who sign up to participate will be randomly drawn. Winners will receive safety kits and be invited to a pizza party, McGee said. The safety kits were purchased through a $500 mini grant from the Southern California Earthquake Alliance.
Nik Warren, MSJC’s student Trustee, said students are excited about participating in the Shakeout.
“We’re making this a fun activity, but this is serious,” Warren, originally from Texas, said. “A lot of us are transplants, so we don’t know what to do in an earthquake. This is educational.”
On the MSJC campuses, there will be sounds from whistles and air horns. Building captains will advise people to drop, cover and hold on. This is all a part of the Shakeout drill.
for information, videos and the steps to prepare, protect, and recover from a major earthquake.