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Staying safe in earthquake country

If there’s one thing all of us in California are aware of, it’s that we live in earthquake country. The Golden State has more than 500 active faults — fractures in the earth’s crust that can range from small distances to hundreds of miles. Thinking about earthquakes can be a little scary, as there’s nothing we can do to prevent them. But, learning how to protect yourself and your loved ones can position you to make weather the next “big one” safely.

Host a safety training for your team

If you’d like to learn how to master personal preparedness, assistance is available. Bob Charbonneau, director of UCOP Environmental and Emergency Services, offers brief presentations on earthquake preparedness at department staff meetings. To schedule one for your team, contact Bob at or (510) 987-9594.

Save the date for the Great ShakeOut!

Thursday, October 17 is “International ShakeOut Day,” and Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills will take place throughout the U.S., Canada and many other countries. UCOP will participate once again with a “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill at 10:17 a.m.

Sign up for UCOPAlert

If an emergency — such as a fire, earthquake, building closure, public transit disruption or street protest — occurs when you’re away from the office, make sure that UCOP can reach you by signing up for UCOPAlert. This off-hours emergency notification system sends critical updates to the personal phone number and/or email of your choice. As UCOPAlert is an opt-in service, you must sign up to receive notifications. Learn more.

Have other questions about safety at UCOP? Contact Bob Charbonneau.

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