October 04, 2018
California is earthquake country and with recent large magnitude earthquakes happening throughout the world, it is a great time to practice what to do during an earthquake. UC San Diego faculty, staff and students are participating in the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18, 2018, which begins at approximately 10:18 a.m. The goal of the ShakeOut is to prepare all Californians to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in the event of an earthquake. With more than 7.8 million registered participants, the Great California ShakeOut is the biggest earthquake drill in the nation. UC San Diego encourages everyone to participate in the drill, which provides the best preparation in the event of a large-scale emergency. Learn what experts recommend to survive an earthquake and how you can participate at http://www.earthquakecountry.org/dropcoverholdon. Log your activities by visiting http://go.ucsd.edu/2da2gSF.
If an earthquake occurs, Drop, Cover and Hold On until the shaking stops then proceed outside to a safe location. Do not run outside. Do not stand in a doorway. Avoid elevators and use the nearest door with an EXIT sign to leave the building. Follow your department’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP) or start one at https://go.ucsd.edu/2NjJebH. Proceed to your designated assembly area, report for a head count and stay in the area until you receive direction from emergency responders or authorized UC San Diego staff. If you are not familiar with your EAP, ask your supervisor or advisor about it. A summary of the University’s emergency response procedures is available at http://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/emergencies/preparedness/guide.html. For more information about how to prepare for and survive an earthquake, visit: http://www.earthquakecountry.org/ and http://go.ucsd.edu/2d9ZpcB.
Our Residence Halls will conduct their annual evacuation drill at approximately 7:00 am., you may see students gathered outside of residences. Every residence hall and apartment on campus has a designated evacuation location in the event of an emergency. The HDH dining teams will practice how to continue food service in the event of a power outage that shuts down our restaurants and markets. You may see them preparing and serving food in outdoor spaces.
During the ShakeOut, UC San Diego will send you a Triton Alert emergency notification. The system will send test email messages to all ucsd.edu accounts. Students, faculty and staff will also receive test text messages if they have provided information for this method of delivery. UC San Diego is implementing a new emergency notification provider, Everbridge, to send a Triton Alert during the Great Shakeout. The Everbridge system has a message confirmation feature that allows you to click and confirm that you have received the Triton Alert. We encourage you to confirm receipt of the message. You can update your emergency contact information by going to http://go.ucsd.edu/2dyFnLp.
In addition, every UC San Diego department must have an Emergency Action Plan, which provides detailed information about the evacuation procedures for individual buildings. If you are not familiar with your EAP, ask your supervisor or advisor about it. For assistance with organizing your drill or information regarding the exercise, please contact Dismas Abelman, Emergency Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-534-5451. Additional information can be found at:
Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our campus community healthy and safe.