‘Shake Out’ is Thursday

Cerro Coso Community College staff and students will join millions of Californians at 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18, when they “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in the Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever.

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live, or travel in California. Are you really prepared?

The college uses this opportunity to practice how to prepare for, survive and recover from a damaging earthquake.

During the drill Cerro Coso administrators and staff will activate the Incident Command System and set up an Emergency Operations Center to practice emergency preparedness, emergency management and disaster management in a safe and controlled environment.

All students, staff, faculty and visitors are expected to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and safe evacuation from college buildings to predetermined evacuation points.

The college takes this occasion every year to review and update its Emergency Action Plan, test the college emergency notification system, practice what to do in an earthquake including safe evacuation, activate the ICS, establish an EOC and build on “best practices” and lessons learned.

“Regular and frequent emergency response training provided to all our key operational and support staff ensures that we are prepared to address any emergency,” said Safety Manager, John Daly. “Practice makes preparedness and the Great ShakeOut allows us to practice to reduce chaos and confusion during an actual emergency.”

Participants can register at www.shakeout.org/california/register/ index.php.

Other local agencies participating in the Shake Out include Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Indian Wells Valley?Community Emergency Response Team, Sierra Sands Unified School District, Immanuel Christian School and The Coyote 93.7.

Story First Published: 2012-10-17