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CSUF Takes Part in the Great ShakeOut

Earthquake Readines Prep Begins Oct. 15 With Quake Cottage Simulator

Oct. 8, 2013

books in a pile between two sets of metal shelves

Library books were scattered during the July 2008 quake that hit Cal State Fullerton. Several buildings showed signs of nonstructural damage, such as cracks, prompting a building by building examination before the campus returned to normal scheduled classes the day after.

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Students, faculty and staff will be asked to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" as the University takes part in the annual California Great ShakeOut, an annual event held to practice how to be safer during earthquakes.

Campus activities begin Tuesday, Oct. 15, with the Quake Cottage in the Quad from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The simulator lets riders "experience" an 8.0 earthquake in a specially designed trailer. Last year, more than 500 campus members experienced the simulator, said Sue Fisher, emergency management coordinator in University Police.

In addition to the Quake Cottage, information about earthquakes and how to prepare your home and family will be available.

At 10:17 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, Cal State Fullerton will join others across the state during the official ShakeOut. A campuswide announcement will ask everyone to 'drop, cover and hold on.' No evacuation is planned during the drill, though displays will be featured in student housing from noon-2:30 p.m. The displays will show a prepared vs. non-prepared person, along with information about caring for pets in an earthquake.

Following the drill, theater students will be made up as 'earthquake victims' and wear bright orange "Great ShakeOut 2013" T-shirts to bring attention to the drill and its importance.

"This is a great opportunity to test ourselves," said Fisher, who noted that CSUF experienced a sizable earthquake on July 29, 2008, which resulted in nonstructural damage, including cracks.

"I hope that the majority of us will use this as a real-learning experience and take it as an opportunity to learn more."

Campus members can go to the Campus Emergency Preparedness website for more information and activities.

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