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‘Great ShakeOut’ to Rock the Campus Oct. 16, 18

Sept. 25, 2012

three students sitting in a room that simulates the feeling of an earthquake.

Students (from left) Milagro Medrano, D.J. Arabian and Kayla Jackson experience what an 8.0 magnitude earthquake might feel like inside a quake cottage simulator.

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Cal State Fullerton will be taking part in the “Great California ShakeOut” — an annual event to remind and help educate Californians about the potential damage and ways to prepare for an earthquake.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, campus members can experience an 8.0 magnitude earthquake in the Quake Shake Cottage between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Quad and pick up tips on how to prepare your own earthquake kits for home and car from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. along Titan Walk. That evening, members of the campus community will be asked to take part in two “drop, cover and hold on” drills. The 6:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center drill and 7:10 p.m. campuswide drill involve no evacuations.

Two days later — during the official “ShakeOut” day — a 10:18 a.m. campuswide exercise will be held. Again, no building evacuations, but campus members are asked to drop, cover and hold on, said Sue Fisher, emergency management coordinator.

“Government emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that ‘drop, cover and hold on’ is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes,” said Fisher. “Studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the United States over the last several decades indicate you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects than to die in a collapsed building.

“Practice helps us make this response automatic when the real quake occurs,” Fisher added. “The Great ShakeOut event is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.”

Additional information about campus and personal preparation can be found at the emergency preparedness website.

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