On Thursday, October 20, 2011, Irvine Valley College will participate in the Great California ShakeOut Drill. California is known as “Earthquake Country”, and this exercise will provide a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to practice earthquake safety and survival tactics. Our participation in the exercise will include a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill and building evacuation exercise. This two phase exercise will be initiated with an announcement, and then fire alarm activations.
Drop, Cover and Hold On Drill.
At 10:20 a.m., the drill will be initiated by a campus-wide simulated emergency announcement to each classroom and office telephone, as well as over campus-wide public address loudspeakers stating: “This is a drill. Right now, DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON”. In response to this announcement, all students, faculty, and staff should practice the DROP, COVER, HOLD ON procedure (DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and HOLD ON. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the room and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. For purposes of this drill, hold on until the “all clear” announcement is broadcast, which will be 60 seconds after the earthquake drill begins.
Building Evacuation Exercise
After the “all clear” is announced, all students, faculty, and staff are asked to evacuate campus buildings at the sound of fire alarms, and proceed to the Evacuee Assembly areas which are shown on the Emergency Procedures flipcharts located in all classrooms and offices, and building entrances. There will be Building Marshals to assist and direct you at most locations. The evacuation drill is over when “all clear” announcement is made over the campus-wide public address loudspeakers and by Building Marshals. Everyone then can reoccupy the building and resume their normal activities.
“The ShakeOut has been created to help people and organizations get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect themselves when they happen.”
You can get more information on the Great California Shakeout by visiting www.shakeout.org . Additional information on Irvine Valley College’s emergency planning and procedures can be found at http://www.ivc.edu/police/pages/EmergPrep.aspx.
Thank you for participating in the Great California Shakeout!