Great California ShakeOut

CPP's Annual Great California ShakeOut is Back

The Great California ShakeOut is intended to educate and prepare the campus community to be able to react quickly and practice safe emergency procedures when a real earthquake occurs. 

Date: Thursday, October 17th, 2024

Time: 10:17 A.M.

What Will Happen?

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the state-wide earthquake drill whether you are on campus or at home. 

The campus community will receive a safety alert message on their cell phones, network phones, and email. This alert message will prompt everyone to “DROP, LOCK, COVER, and HOLD ON”. Hold in place for a minute from when you received the message. This will conclude the drill.  (Message delivery time may vary depending on location, WiFi connection, and cell phone service provider.)  


 Tips - What Do I Need to Do?

 When on campus



When at home


When in Bed (University Housing Services)


When in using a wheelchair or walker (Disability Resource Center)


Before the Earthquake

  • Become familiar with the space you occupy and develop a disaster plan before the drill. Decide how you will communicate with coworkers, your peers, or family members in the event of an earthquake.
  • Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
  • Build a kit and organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
  • If at home, you may minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property from possible damages, and considering insurance.

Drawing of a family discussing their emergency plan at a dining table  Drawing of two people securing a bookshelf and water heater to prevent them from falling in an earthquake  Drawing of a parent and child organizing disaster supplies in a backpack and a larger container  

During the Earthquake

  • DROP, LOCK, COVER, and HOLD ON when the earth shakes.
Drawing of a family protecting themselves during an earthquake, under a table and in a wheelchair


After the Earthquake

  • Improve your safety by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damages. Check for structural damage, fires, and gas leaks.
  • After the immediate threat has passed, determine your level of preparedness, and adjust your emergency plan as necessary.
Drawing of people after a quake cleaning up debris, helping the injured, and moving to high ground in case of tsunami.


Safety Alert Messaging

  • Ensure that you receive up-to-date safety alert information by updating your personal information in BroncoDirect.
  • Faculty and staff should ensure their information is updated in the Emergency Notification System by logging into the Safety Alert website or call the IT Help Desk at (909) 869-6776.