Great ShakeOut Tests Earthquake Preparedness

On Thursday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m., Cal Poly Pomona will participate in a statewide earthquake drill. The Great Southern California ShakeOut, the largest drill in U.S. history, is a test of the region's ability to withstand a catastrophic earthquake.

At 10 a.m., building marshals and floor captains in every building will lead all faculty, staff and students to “drop, cover and hold on” for about a minute. Participants should seek cover under a sturdy piece of furniture.

Once the building marshals and floor captains have walked the entire building, they will give an “all clear” to signal the end of the exercise. The entire drill is expected to last a few minutes.

The building marshals will be contacted by the campus Emergency Operations Center asking for a status of their location. That information will be reported to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Walnut/Diamond Bar Station, and the Chancellor's Office of the CSU.

The earthquake drill is designed to prepare the campus community for a real earthquake and to generate discussion about emergency preparedness. Seismic experts in California say a gigantic earthquake of 7.8 magnitude is likely to hit the southern San Andreas Fault and cause shaking for up to three minutes. The Nov. 13 exercise encourages California residents to plan and prepare for this type of event.

For more information about the campus emergency plan or the ShakeOut drill, contact Debbi McFall, emergency services coordinator, at (909) 869-6981. To learn more about the ShakeOut, visit