The 2011 Great California ShakeOut is occurring statewide on
Thursday, October 20th at 10:20 a.m.
Santa Monica College can become much more prepared for earthquakes and be ready to recover quickly by participating in emergency drills. The California ShakeOut has been created to help people and organizations get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to be protected when they happen.
At 10:20 a.m. on Thursday Oct. 20, Santa Monica College will join the state-wide Earthquake Drill by conducting the Drop, Cover, and Hold exercise on all campuses/sites.
It is requested that ALL PARTIES on all campuses participate in this drill.
No signal will be given to simulate the earthquake. At 10:20 am, please adhere to the following steps:
DROP to the ground.
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk/table or crouching down close to a wall. Remember to cover your head and stay clear of falling objects.
HOLD ON until the "shaking" stops (2 to 5 minutes).
If outside, stay clear of falling objects.
2) After the drill, the fire alarms will sound to evacuate the PE Building, Art Complex, Counseling Complex, and the Administration Building (2714 Pico). If you are located in one of these facilities, please evacuate to the following locations:
- PE Building- Evacuate to Corsair Field
- Art Complex (Except for Lecture Hall 214)- Evacuate to table area next to the Theater Arts Building and in front of Bookstore
- Administration Building (2714) – Evacuate to back parking lot
- Counseling Complex- Evacuate to the grass area behind the International Education Trailer on Pearl Street.
4) Remain calm and walk—do NOT run.
5) During an evacuation, do NOT use the elevator. Take the stairs.
When evacuating, remember to turn off the lights and lock your office or classroom behind you.
6) Faculty—Stay with your students and provide them with direction to the nearest shelter area or to the nearest exit. Keep a roster to account for your students. Notify College Police of any persons with disabilities requiring assistance. If possible, have someone stay behind with persons with disabilities until emergency personnel arrive. Do Not attempt to carry person by yourself.
7) Persons with disabilities—go to stairway landings and wait for emergency rescue personnel. Stairwells are constructed with a higher fire rating than any other areas of a building. Emergency personnel responding to the building will be checking the stairway landings for persons with disabilities upon their arrival.
What NOT To Do:
SMC EVACUATION LOCATIONS:
DO NOT take the elevator!
DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!
DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.