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All-campus Earthquake Drill on Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m.

October 10, 2016

On October 20, at 10:20 a.m., the Lewis & Clark community will participate in the Great Oregon Shakeout earthquake drill, which consists primarily of 60 seconds of “drop, cover, and hold on.”  

Your participation in this drill is very important for practicing what to do and minimizing injury during an earthquake—a small but vital step in the process of being ready for such an event.  

Please prepare yourself for the drill by observing the following guidelines:
Before the drill
  • Think about where you will be at 10:20 a.m. on October 20, a Thursday. What kind of furniture does the room you will be in contain? Will it be possible to get under something during an earthquake? If not, consider how you can use the configuration of the room to best protect yourself. Get away from unbolted furniture and windows, sit or crouch next to an interior wall, and cover your head. Do not plan to exit the room or stand in a doorway during an earthquake, as these are unsafe options.

  • If you want to use sound effects to accompany your drill, download this mp3 provided by the Great Oregon Shakeout onto your classroom, office, or personal computer ahead of time:

During the drill
  • If you do not receive an alert by 10:22 a.m., initiate the drill on your own.

  • Play the sound effects mp3 if desired.

  • Drop, cover, and hold on to table or desk legs, if available. If not available, crouch next to an interior wall or a stable piece of furniture.

After the drill
  • Although this drill does not include an evacuation, consider spending a few minutes discussing what your next steps would be. Each classroom contains a laminated card with information about what to do in the event of an emergency. It shows the sites to which people in each academic building would evacuate; find the appropriate gathering site for your building.

  • Each classroom also contains a booklet with more detailed emergency response information. What else do you want or need to know about your next steps?

  • After the drill, you will have a chance to complete a short survey about your participation and submit questions you may have thought of during the drill.

  • A 7 p.m. on Monday, October 24, Associate Professor of Geological Science Liz Safran will take to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) stage to explore the role that visual media can play in helping the Pacific Northwest become an “earthquake culture.” She will dive into the origins of the hazards we face and some of their potential impacts, as well as explore the power and pitfalls of existing disaster preparation messaging.
  • At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, Lewis & Clark will host a panel discussion (more information to follow later this month). Save the date if you are interested in the results of the drill and a broader conversation about earthquake preparedness and resilience.

For information on procedures to follow in campus emergencies, please visit the Campus Safety website.