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Get ready for the Great ShakeOut on Thursday

On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m. PT, UCOP will participate in the Great ShakeOut — our annual earthquake drill. Since UCOP staff are primarily working from home during the pandemic, we will be sending a test notification to your mobile devices through the UCOPAlert emergency notification system.

Please use the Great ShakeOut as an opportunity to prepare yourself and your loved ones in case of an earthquake.

Get UCOPAlerts via Text

It’s more important than ever for UCOP to reach you on your mobile devices in an emergency. To receive alerts via text, visit, select SMS/text as a device and enter your phone number: View detailed instructions (PDF). When UCOPAlert calls you with a voice message, the call will come from (866) 609-8026. Save this number as a contact in your phone now to prevent confusion in an emergency.

Practice Makes Perfect

On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m. PT, you’ll receive a UCOPAlert notification to drop, cover and hold on. Please follow these steps. Practice is an important part of building the muscle memory you’ll need to act swiftly during a real disaster.

Get the MyShake app

Developed by the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab (Go, Bears!) and sponsored by the State of California Office of Emergency Services, the free MyShake mobile phone app is the first app that can provide seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby quake… enough time to drop, cover and hold on to prevent injury. Get it today.

Build your emergency plan and kit

Use this time to take stock of your individual and family preparedness at home. Is your kit ready? This checklist can help!

If you have questions about UCOPAlert, or don’t receive the alert at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, please contact


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