‘Drop, Cover and Hold On’ for Statewide Earthquake Exercise


Cal Poly Pomona will participate this month in California's second annual earthquake drill. The Great California ShakeOut, the largest drill in U.S. history, is will test the region's ability to withstand a catastrophic earthquake.

At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, building marshals and floor captains will lead faculty, staff and students to “drop, cover and hold on” for about a minute. Participants should seek cover under a sturdy piece of furniture.  

Campus community members are encouraged to tune in to radio station 980 AM or 1070 AM to receive the statewide signal to begin the exercise. Once the building marshals and floor captains have walked an entire building, they will give the “all clear.” The exercise is expected to last a few minutes.

The 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 in the next 30 years and cause shaking for up to three minutes. The exercise encourages California residents to plan and prepare.

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 www.shakeout.org.