Preparedness and emergency response drills and exercises help reinforce skills and knowledge needed during an actual emergency. HMC conducts the following drills and exercises:
Dorm Evacuation Drill
Student Dorms Only. The date and time of this drill will not be announced.
Mass Notification System Test and Drill
The HMC campus-wide mass notification test (MUDD Alert and Exterior Broadcast System) will be in conjunction with other scheduled drills/exercises.
Tabletop Emergency Response Exercises
The HMC Incident Management and Campus CERT Teams routinely conduct and participate in the campus drills and exercises.
Fire Alarm and Building Evauation Drill
Academic and administrative buildings only. Date and time will be announced.
Earthquake Drill: The Great California ShakeOut
The Great California Shake Out began in California in 2008 and is the world’s largest earthquake drill.
Participation is free and may take only a few minutes, depending on your drill plans. Learn more and register to participate at the ShakeOut website.
The program has since been replicated across the United States and in several other countries. More than 20 million people worldwide participate!
The primary purpose of ShakeOut is to encourage people and organizations to be prepared to survive and to recover quickly when the next big earthquake happens.
Date: Every fall, usually in October
Time: between 10 and 11 a.m.
Length of drill: 5-10 minutes
What to do:
- Drop, Cover, and Hold On: All HMC faculty, staff, and students should Drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a magnitude 7.8 earthquake were happening.
- If you cannot do this, please consider where you would stay down for at least 60 seconds. Remember: Practice now so you will know what to do should you experience a large magnitude earthquake. (See Earthquake Country Alliance for more information.
- While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a big earthquake, when shaking may last for 1-2 minutes!
HMC Community, consider these questions:
- At your present location, what falling object could cause injury or block an exit?
- Do you have any supplies available to help yourself or others (i.e. first aid, flashlights, whistles, food, water, etc)
- How will you notify your family or others to let them know your condition (i.e. safe, injured, etc)?
Earthquake Information Videos
- California ShakeOut Drill Broadcast
- Demonstration of Drop, Cover, and Hold On by Los Angeles County Fire Department Firefighters
- NZ Get Thru – What To Do In An Earthquake
- Drop, Cover, Hold On
- PrepareTV Episode 1: Earthquake Machine
- Earthquakes 101
- Visit ready.gov for more information on preparing, planning and staying informed.