Great California ShakeOut 2015

The primary purpose of ShakeOut is to encourage people and organizations to be prepared to survive and to recover quickly when the next big earthquake happens.

On October 15, 2015, millions of people worldwide will practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On (and other aspects of their emergency plans)

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and seek additional shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not move to another location or run outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. These are guidelines for most situations; go to learn what to do in specific settings.

We request all COA students, staff, and faculty participate in this year’s Shakeout drill wherever they may be at drill time. Most drills will be held at 10:15 a.m. on October 15.AShakeOut instructional guide and 4-slide PowerPoint presentation for use by instructors in their classes and laboratories are available at The presentation links to a 60-second “Drill Broadcast” narration with earthquake sound effects that can be played during your drill.

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Faculty and Instructors: Download resources for promoting and implementing your drill:

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety for College Students

Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (including situations when you cannot get beneath a table) (PDF | RTF)

Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (8 pages) (PDF | RTF)

Key Earthquake Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (2 pages) (PDF | RTF)

Earthquake and Tsunami DAFN Preparedness Video (Sign Language and Open Captioned)


English (closed captioned)


Spanish (closed captioned)