SBCUSD to Participate in 2021 ShakeOut

SBCUSD to Participate in California's 2021 Great ShakeOut
Posted on 10/12/2021
Get Ready to Shake Out on October 21

The Great California ShakeOut is Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 10:21 a.m. Every year, Californians practice earthquake safety like drop, cover, and hold on the third Thursday of October.


“Earthquakes can happen anytime and anywhere. And just because we have one ongoing emergency, the pandemic, it doesn’t mean other natural disasters can’t happen, too,” said SBCUSD Safety and Emergency Manager Eric Vetere. “That’s why it’s just as important to practice earthquake safety and emergency preparedness during COVID-19 as it is at any other time.”


On October 21, teachers, students, school and department staff members, and visitors will be asked to participate in earthquake preparedness training whether in-person or during distance learning. This means setting aside time for everyone to practice what to do when the shaking starts:

  • Before an earthquake happens, identify safe areas in your home, school or office to protect yourself from earthquakes.
  • DROP onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to nearby cover.
  • COVER your head and neck with tables, chairs, or one arm and hand. You can also hold a sturdy object over your head and neck for protection.
  • Try to crawl away from windows.
  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl under it.
  • Stay on your knees and bend over to protect vital organs.
  • Keep your eyes shut to protect them from dust and debris.
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops and be ready to evacuate.

Check out a video demonstration from 2020 from the official ShakeOut YouTube channel.


People with mobility concerns should practice these alternatives:

  • LOCK your wheelchair, walker, or other mobility assistance device.
  • Try to move away from windows or close to an interior wall first if possible.
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and hands or hold a sturdy object over your head and neck for protection.
  • If you can’t fully lift your arms to cover your head, do the best you can to cover as much as you can.
  • Bend over to protect your vital organs.
  • Keep your eyes shut to protect them from dust and debris.
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops and be ready to evacuate.

An official ShakeOut video demonstrates several options that people with limited mobility can use during an earthquake.


Additional information and resources are available at https://www.shakeout.org/california/.

Families are also encouraged to sign up for ParentSquare, review their emergency preparedness plans, and practice evacuation procedures throughout the month of October.


You can learn more about ParentSquare, SBCUSD’s all-in-one communications tool, by completing the Parent 101 online, self-paced training module. You can download the free FEMA mobile app at https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app to get real-time weather alerts, preparedness tips for more than 20 types of emergencies, and more.

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