The Great California ShakeOut - Oct. 17

Dear Campus Community:

On Thursday morning, October 17 at 10:17 a.m., millions of people in Southern California will “drop, cover, and hold on” as part of The Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. USD will use this opportunity to test our emergency mass notification systems, including our indoor and outdoor notification systems. At approximately 10:17 a.m., on Thursday, October 17, we would like every staff member, faculty member and student on campus to drop, cover and hold on for 60 seconds. If you need to update your cell phone number, please log into the secure MySanDiego portal at: where on the "Safety Check" tab you will find the emergency contact information at the top right corner of the screen.

Other important steps to prepare for an earthquake include:

These resources will help you prepare for an earthquake and what to do during and immediately after an earthquake. This information will give you the confidence to react appropriately - drop, cover and hold on - when the need arises. To learn more about the ShakeOut, visit

Lastly, I strongly encourage everyone to take a few additional minutes and familiarize yourself with all of the other important campus emergency procedures and information located at:


Chief James Miyashiro
Assistant Vice President for Public Safety


University Communications