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‘ShakeOut’ Drill, Earthquake Checklist and Raffle

On Thursday, Oct. 15, UCOP will participate in the Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever. At 10:15 am, employees will practice “Drop! Cover! Hold on!” for 60 seconds.

At the Franklin building, the PA system will announce “earthquake drill,” and staff will “Drop! Cover! Hold on!” At other UCOP sites floor wardens and/or department safety officers will announce “earthquake drill,” and staff will “Drop! Cover! Hold on!”

Drop! Cover! Hold on!

DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you).
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table.
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
If there’s no desk or table near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in a corner of a room. Don’t run to another room to find a table.

During an earthquake, do not:

  • Face windows
  • Get in a doorway (this won’t protect you from falling debris or flying glass)
  • Run outside

Earthquake Preparedness Checklist and Raffle

As part of the UCOP earthquake preparedness program and in preparation for the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill, the Office of Risk Services is requesting all employees to conduct a quick earthquake “Secure Your Space” inspection of your work area by October 15.  A web-based inspection checklist can be found at: http://surveys.bickmore.org/surveys/ucop/earthquake/survey.htm.

Items requiring correction should be discussed with department supervisors, managers or the Department Safety Officer.

All employees who complete a “Secure Your Space” inspection checklist by October 15 will be entered into a raffle to win one of ten earthquake preparedness kits or other safety awards.

If you complete the web-based inspection, you’ll automatically be entered. If you complete a hard copy of the inspection checklist, you can enter the raffle by dropping off your completed checklist at the Earthquake Preparedness booth, which is set up in the lobby of the Franklin building through October 15.

Earthquake Video

Watch a video of the associate director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory as he debunks some common beliefs and offers tips that can save your life during an earthquake.


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