College to participate in ShakeOut

College to participate in ShakeOutCerro Coso Community College will participate in the Great California ShakeOut on Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m.

“Following the recent earthquakes in Ridgecrest, now more than ever it is important that we be prepared,” said a spokesperson. “The college uses this opportunity to practice how to prepare for, survive and recover from a damaging earthquake.”

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors are expected to practice “drop, cover and hold on” protocol, then evacuation to predetermined points.

Officials said they will also use the opportunity to test phone and emergency-notification systems and assess lessons learned.

“Regular and frequent emergency response training provided to all key operational and support staff ensures that we are prepared to address any emergency,” said Lisa Couch, vice president of administration.

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“What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards,” said the spokesperson.

Story First Published: 2019-10-11