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Great California ShakeOut Drill

Dear Campus Community,

The 2018 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 18, at 10:18 A.M., Glendale Community College will join other colleges, businesses and organizations by participating in the “DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON” safety action.

At the first signs of an earthquake:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and hands, or by getting under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture if available
  • HOLD ON to your cover to prevent it from moving away from you during the shaking
  • DO NOT attempt to run outside or stand in a doorway during an earthquake. Running during an earthquake may cause injury

This drill will be VOLUNTARY.  However, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate to better prepare themselves in the event of an actual earthquake.

Campus Phone Intercom Testing

A test of the campus phone intercom system will be conducted during this drill. The intercom speakers on campus phones inside classrooms, offices and departments are expected to turn ON and broadcast an automated message for approximately 1 minute during the drill. If you are using a campus phone at the time of the drill there should be no interruption to your phone call.

Nixle Emergency Notification System 

A test of the “Nixle” emergency notification system will also be done to coincide with the start of the drill. To sign up for Nixle, please text “GO GCCALERT” to 888777 or sign up by visiting  . It is free to subscribe however your standard messaging rates may apply.


Now is the time to prepare your homes and work places for a major earthquake. Look over your home, classrooms, office and work areas to identify potential items that may fall over during an earthquake.

  • Move heavy or large items to the floor or low shelves
  • Move things that can fall on you away from where you spend a lot of time
  • Move heavy or unstable objects away from doors and escape routes

Disaster supplies kit for your home, work and any vehicles

Preparing disaster supplies kits now may help save lives, make life more comfortable and will help you cope after the next earthquake. Backpacks or other large carrying bags are best for your disaster supplies kits so you can take them with you if you need to evacuate. Your disaster supplies kits should include at a minimum:

  • Water: recommended 1 gallon per person, per day, for at least three days
  • Food: nonperishable packaged or canned food. Ex: ready to eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, protein bars, trail mix, peanut butter, jelly, crackers
  • Tools/Supplies: Flashlights or light sticks, portable radios, with extra batteries, whistle, manual can opener
  • First aid kit: sterile adhesive bandages, gauze pads, hypoallergenic adhesive tape, rubbing alcohol, eye wash, and aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Clothing: comfortable walking shoes, sweater/jacket, dust mask, extra eyeglasses, protective goggles, and work gloves
  • Sanitation: Extra toilet paper, tissue, towelettes, anti-bacterial disinfectant, personal hygiene supplies, heavy duty garbage bags

For your home disaster supplies kit you may also wish to keep:

  • enough food and water to last two weeks
  • tools/wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
  • copies of important documents such as insurance policies and extra cash in small denominations

Note: Use and replace perishable items like water, food, medications and batteries on a yearly basis.

For more information on the Great California ShakeOut visit .

If you have any questions please contact the Glendale College Police Department. (818) 551-5205.

Thank you.