On Thursday, October 16, at 10:16a.m., USC will participate in the Great California ShakeOut.  This year over nine million people are expected to participate making the ShakeOut the largest disaster drill in history.

The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people get better prepared before the next big earthquake and practice how to protect ourselves when it happens.  Student, staff, and faculty are encouraged to Drop, Cover, and Hold-On at 10:16 a.m. along with millions of people participating throughout the state.

In addition to participating in the drill, we are encouraging everyone to evaluate their personal preparedness.  Now is the time to assemble a new emergency kit or update an existing kit for the home, car, and office.    Recommended supplies include food, water, and first aid supplies.  You should also take some time to secure furnishings in your home such as bookcases, TV’s, and cabinets.

The university has been participating since the very first drill in 2008 as part of the university’s extensive emergency preparedness program managed by the USC Office of Fire Safety & Emergency Planning.  This year the Shakeout will include several other states and countries making this an international event.

For more information and resources on earthquake preparedness, visit shakeout.org orearthquakecountry.info To learn more about emergency preparedness at USC, visit capsnet.usc.edu/department/fire-safety-and-emergency-planning.