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Drop, Cover, Hold On — Campus Plans Events, Drill for Earthquake Preparedness

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If a huge earthquake were to occur while on campus, what would you do?

In an effort to increase awareness and preparation before “the Big One” hits, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in an escape-room type game or a contest to build a tower that can withstand a quake. This will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Quad.

“Beat the Quake!” pits teams against each other to solve a series of clues before “the Big One” hits. During Jenga Quake, participants try to build a tower to withstand the shaking at its base. Prizes like mini first aid kits, whistles and sriracha key chains will be awarded to winners of Jenga, while solar-charged backpacks will go to the team with the best time on “Beat the Quake,” said Sue Fisher, CSUF emergency management coordinator.

At 10:10 a.m. and 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, campus members will be asked to take part in a “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill. No evacuation is required.

“This is a great opportunity to test ourselves,” said Fisher. “I hope most of us will use this as an opportunity to practice and learn more.”

For more information, call the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sue Fisher, at 657-278-3572, or email Information on earthquakes and general preparedness can be found at