Emergency Preparedness Drills

Preparedness and emergency response exercises help reinforce skills and knowledge needed during an actual emergency. Harvey Mudd College conducts the following drills/exercises:

Residence Hall Evacuation Exercise

Residence Halls only. The date and time of this exercise will not be announced.

Mass Notification System Test and Exercise

The College campus-wide mass notification test (MUDD Alert and Exterior Broadcast System) will be in conjunction with other scheduled exercises.

Tabletop Emergency Response Exercises

The Harvey Mudd College Incident Management and Campus CERT Teams routinely conduct and participate in the campus exercises.

Fire Alarm and Building Evacuation Exercise

Academic and administrative buildings only. Date and time will be announced.

Earthquake Drill: The Great California ShakeOut

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes. Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or your family travel.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

The Drill

Date: Usually in October
Time: Between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Length of drill: Approximately 5–10 minutes

What To Do:

  1. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: All College 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Earthquake Information and Resources