Bakersfield College to Practice Emergency Evacuation through ShakeOut Exercise

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  Today Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m., Bakersfield College will join more than 9.5 million Californians in The Great California ShakeOut. Held at 10:17 a.m. on October 17, The Great California ShakeOut is an earthquake simulation exercise which creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations and communities to get prepared for an earthquake and to practice what to do to be safe when an earthquake strikes.
In combination with The Great California ShakeOut exercise, Bakersfield College will be activating its Incident Command Center and practicing its well-defined emergency preparedness plan. The ShakeOut drill will have two important goals – to communicate effectively throughout the campuses and to execute a plan for a safe outcome in the event of an emergency.
The Great California ShakeOut will provide an opportunity for Bakersfield College to practice emergency preparedness plans and an opportunity to train all staff responsible for coordinating safe emergency response efforts in how to properly manage an emergency situation.
At 10:17 a.m., Bakersfield College will alert students, faculty and staff to duck, cover, and hold on for two minutes. Fire alarms will be sounded two minutes later to indicate an all-building evacuation.
The Great California ShakeOut drill centers on a scenario of what could happen in a major earthquake on the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. Created by more than 300 experts, led by Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey, the scenario outlines a hypothetical 7.8 magnitude earthquake originating near the Salton Sea, which would have the potential to devastate the region.

For more information, visit The Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill is produced by the Earthquake Country Alliance a public-private partnership that includes the Southern California Earthquake Center, Cal EMA, FEMA, U.S. Geological Survey, American Red Cross, State Farm Insurance, and the California Earthquake Authority.
It is expected that Bakersfield College’s drill will result in minimal disruption to the neighborhoods surrounding Bakersfield College’s campuses.

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