Great California Shakeout

Arrgh! If you’re taking your midterm with the 9:15 class, warning: at 10:20 USD is going to blast the sirens. Don’t get rattled–it’s gonna happen. Just keep plugging those Ts and Fs into the truth table…

On Thursday morning, October 20th, 2016 at 10:20 a.m., millions of people in Southern California will “drop, cover, and hold on” as part of the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. The Great California ShakeOut continues to be the largest earthquake drill practiced in the United States.

USD will use this opportunity to test our emergency mass notification systems, including our indoor and outdoor notification systems.  At 10:20 a.m., on Thursday, October 20th, we would like every staff member, faculty member and student on campus to drop, cover and hold on for 60 seconds. The drop-and-cover procedure is a proven technique to stay safer during a major quake when heavy objects may be falling. Take cover under a sturdy desk or table as soon as the shaking begins, hold on, and simply ride out the shaking.


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