Earthquake drill coming Oct. 17

washingtonshakeoutPierce College, get ready! The “Great Washington Shake Out” earthquake drill is coming to Pierce on Thursday, Oct. 17, between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

What will happen:

  • 10 a.m.           Campuswide e-mail and/or text alert
  • 10:17 a.m.      PC pop-up message 1: What to do
  • 10:18 a.m.      PC pop-up message 2: Evacuation directions
  • 10:19 a.m.      Evacuate on alarm
  • 10:25 a.m.      All-clear notice (estimated time)

What you should do during an earthquake:

  • DROP to your hands and knees, before the earthquake knocks you down
  • COVER your head and neck, and entire body if possible, under a sturdy table or desk, or on an interior wall
  • HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops

Why experts recommend drop, cover and hold on: Trying to move during shaking puts you at risk, so it’s better to drop before the earthquake drops you. Also, the greatest danger during an earthquake is from falling and flying objects — and much less from an actual building collapse.

What experts say you SHOULD NOT do during an earthquake: Don’t run outside or to other rooms — the closer you are to exterior walls, the more you’re in danger. Do not stand in a doorway — modern doorways are no stronger than the rest of the house, and it is hard to brace yourself.

We need evacuation directors to fill vacancies on both campuses. For more information or to volunteer, contact Shelley Miell, Campus Safety & Security, (253) 964-6632, by Friday, Oct. 11.

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