Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill

International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October. The drill is observed along with other schools worldwide. SBCC Staff, faculty and students are expected to participate in the Great California Shakeout Drill, the drill takes approximately 60 seconds. Information about this year's drill will be shared in the Fall. 

Drop, Cover, Hold On

Lock Cover Holdon


AlertU subscribers and campus wide phones and computers will receive a drill message on or around the specified time above. When the message is received or the time is observed (whichever first) please encourage your staff or students to participate in the drill by doing the following:

  1. Drop, Cover, and Hold On:    Faculty, staff, and students Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so your staff and students will know immediately how to protect themselves during earthquakes! (See this page for what to do if outside, driving, in a tall building, or other situations.) For people with disabilities or access and functional needs, download our earthquake safety tips (PDF). 
  2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like afterwards? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?

    Complete the post drill survey that will be sent out by emergency services campus wide.

    Email with questions or comments if you need further assistance specific to your area. 
Evacuation Information - after an Earthquake
  • When evacuating during an emergency it may not be possible to use your normal route of travel.  It is best to know several different routes to exit a building in case there is debris blocking your path.  
  • If your designated evacuation site in not accessible proceed to the nearest and/or safest evacuation zone. Once at the site, please allow the instructor or safety marshal to conduct role so all can be accounted for.
  • Do not use the elevators during a fire or earthquake.
  • Do not use the footbridge during or after an earthquake.
  • Be aware of any students or coworkers with physical limitations who may need help in evacuating the building, especially down stairs.  If it is not physically possible to assist someone from a building, try to relocate them to an open patio or breeze-way where emergency responders can access.
  • Do not re-enter the building until you get an all clear notification from authorized personnel such as Law Enforcement, Campus Safety or Facilities staff.
  • During an emergency staff and faculty are not automatically dismissed from campus.  Staff and faculty are considered Disaster Service Workers per California Government Code Section 3100-31009.  
  • Only the President or Acting President of the college may give permission to leave campus.

Wonder what would happen if the "BIG ONE" struck?  Watch this video of a simulated 7.8 earthquake.

Earthquake Warning California

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety for College Students

Specific Situations and persons with Disabilities

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Video