Great California ShakeOut: Oct. 16, 2014

Sharing an important message about an earthquake drill that UC Berkeley participates in:

Dear Campus Community,

On Thursday, October 16, the campus will participate in the “Great California ShakeOut,” a day of special events organized to inspire Californians to get ready for major earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. The ShakeOut drill will occur in homes, businesses, and public spaces alike throughout California.

ShakeOut CA Get ReadyCampus ShakeOut Drill
On October 16 at 10:16 a.m., the campus warning sirens – designed to signal a “shelter-in-place” condition – will sound and, if convenient, we encourage you to practice getting under your desk and holding tight (drop, cover, and hold on). We are not asking instructors or students in class to participate in this way.

To further help the campus community prepare for disasters, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will use ShakeOut day to practice other key aspects of campus emergency response and evacuation procedures.

  • Sproul Hall Occupants – At 10:16 a.m., Sproul Hall occupants will join the rest of the campus in practicing “drop, cover, and hold on,” and then evacuate their building to test building emergency procedures, including departmental roll call.
  • Building Coordinators and Emergency Management Area Coordinators – OEM will also facilitate a test of radio communication between campus Building Coordinators and Emergency Management Area Coordinators. This is a key component of the campus response and will strengthen our ability to effectively and efficiently facilitate a campus-wide evacuation, should that need ever arise.

I encourage you to use ShakeOut day to enhance your preparedness for any type of emergency. OEM has created a free emergency preparedness mobile app that contains Berkeley-specific tips and guidance for a wide range of scenarios, including earthquakes, power outages, suspicious packages and other situations. Please visit for download instructions and access to further details regarding campus emergency procedures and resources. I also encourage you to sign-up for WarnMe text alerts via the WarnMe website. Text messages are the fastest way to get notified and should be your first alert priority.

For more information and resources abut events on October 16, visit the ShakeOut website

For questions, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at


Mark Freiberg, CIH, CSP
Executive Director
Environment, Health & Safety, and Emergency Management


View International House safety resources at:


About Laurie Ferris

As the Communications Strategist for International House at UC Berkeley, I share stories online and in our I-House Times Newsletter. I created this blog for alumni, residents and staff to share the I-House experience with the UC Berkeley community and beyond. I love to share a good thing. My motto: Share the Love! ♥
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