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10/11/2013

The Great SouthEast Shake Out - An Earthquake drill on 10/17

The Great SouthEast Shake Out - An Earthquake drill on 10/17

On Thursday, October 17th, at 10:17 a.m., UDC is participating in the National program called The Great SouthEast ShakeOut. This program is to make people aware of what to do in case there is an earthquake.  On Thursday, October 17th, at 10:17 a.m., the fire alarm system will sound at most locations at UDC and UDC-CC. The alarm will only sound for a very short amount of time and its purpose is to remind you to practice DROP/COVER/HOLD ON wherever you are at UDC. FOR THIS DRILL AND THIS DRILL ONLY, YOU DO NOT NEED TO LEAVE THE BUILDING. In fact – you can stay close to wherever you are in the building.

This drill should only take a couple of minutes to practice. Once the fire alarm is turned off – the drill is over and you can go back to whatever you were doing. If there is an actual emergency during the drill, we will reactivate the system and also send personnel to guide you on what to do.

So here is what to do for the ShakeOut:

DROP – get on the floor
COVER – get under a table, a desk, or some form of cover to protect your head/body. If no cover, put your arms over your head and get away from anything that could fall on you.
HOLD ON – hang on to the object you are under until the shaking stops. Normally you would then leave/evacuate the building – but for this drill and this drill only – remain in the building.

Later during the this year – UDC will be practicing actual evacuation drills, where everyone leaves the building at both UDC and UDC-CC locations.

Below is a YouTube video about what to do in the case of an earthquake. Please take the time to review it before this exercise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nANnUNauD1c

We look forward to your participation.