Earthquake preparedness activity will include a drill and evacuation at SBVC at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, October 17.
More than 12,000 students, staff, and faculty at San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) will join 9+ million people participating in The Great California ShakeOut at 10:17 a.m. on October 17.
SBVC’s Facility & Safety Committee has organized an evacuation drill test that will be triggered by a test of the Informacast and BlackboardConnect mass notification systems. After the drop-cover-hold on exercise, all classrooms and offices will be asked to evacuate to one of ten different evacuation sites across the 80-acre campus.
About The Great California ShakeOut
With 37 million people living and working in California, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With earthquakes an inevitable part of California’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. Preparation tips in advance of the drill are available on the Shakeout.org website.
A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved. The 2013 ShakeOut drill will be the largest preparedness event in world history. To participate, individuals can visit www.ShakeOut.org/california/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to create a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness.