Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill Set For Thursday, Oct. 18

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– – Cal State San Bernardino will join hundreds of colleges, universities and other organizations throughout the state as participants in the fifth annual Great California ShakeOut simulated earthquake drill.

Billed as the world’s largest earthquake drill, the exercise will take place at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The purpose of the ShakeOut is to encourage people and organizations to be prepared to survive and recover when the next big earthquake happens. More than 9 million people are expected to participate in the 2012 Great California ShakeOut.

At 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18, the campus community will be notified via the university’s various communication systems that the campus has experienced a major earthquake. These messages will further test CSUSB’s communications channels through text messaging, voice messages, public address announcements, e-mail and website notices.

Announcements over classroom and office speaker phones and the outdoor public address system will instruct faculty, staff and students who are inside a building to stay where they are and then “duck, cover and hold on,” as per the university’s emergency plan, which is available in a quick reference guide format in all classrooms and offices. People on campus who are outside will be asked to move to a clearing away from buildings, power lines or trees.

“It’s important to note that an event of this magnitude will, in all likelihood, sever our lifelines – water, electricity, gas, fiber-optics, telecommunications, roads and railways – and result in extensive damage throughout the region,” said Don Soderbloom, emergency manager at CSUSB. “Our participation in this statewide training exercise is intended to increase awareness on the part of faculty, staff and students of the fault’s potential for disaster and reinforce steps that can and should be taken before, during and after an earthquake to increase the chances for survival.”

The earthquake drill also serves as a reminder to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure any furnishings, fixtures and items at home and other locations to prevent damage and injuries.

More information about the event can be found the Great California ShakeOut website at

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino’s participation in the Great California ShakeOut, contact Don Soderbloom at (909) 537-7477 For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and

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