Are you ready to ShakeOut?
At 10:18 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, there will be a whole lotta shakin’ going on at Pierce College thanks to the Great Washington ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill aimed at increasing awareness and preparedness.
The ShakeOut will unite hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians in the single purpose of preparing for earthquakes. With 6.8 million people living and working in Washington and the inevitable reality of an eventual earthquake, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.
At Pierce, staff will drop, cover and hold at 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18. If faculty members choose, they and their students can join in.
The drill will begin when campus-wide reminders are sent to text devices and networked computers. This will be an important first test of Pierce’s new emergency notification system. Thousands of students have already opted in to the system with their registration. To opt in, opt out, or modify your profile information, visit the Pierce College Emergency Notification page to access your account.
Those who participate in the ShakeOut can prepare by viewing a short video that demonstrates how to drop, cover and hold on during an earthquake, a proven technique to protect from injury. Pierce College Professor Tom Bush has also created an educational video that describes the probability and impact of a major earthquake in Washington.
The Great Washington ShakeOut will be held statewide annually on the third Thursday of October. It is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance.