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Earthquakes are coming, and this webinar will get you ready — even in a pandemic

On Oct. 15 — also known as International ShakeOut Day — an emergency preparedness webinar open to the entire USC community will explain how to prep for a quake during the era of COVID-19.

USC Great ShakeOut earthquake webinar
The earthquake preparedness webinar will run from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.

COVID-19 has changed many facets of life for Californians, but earthquakes aren’t one of them. Earthquake preparedness is crucial, which is why USC staff, faculty and students are invited to participate in the upcoming annual USC Great ShakeOut — online.

Tune in to an emergency preparedness webinar on Thursday, Oct. 15, also known as International ShakeOut Day, a yearly drill coordinated in part by USC and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

The earthquake preparedness webinar will run from noon to 1 p.m., addressing these topics:

  • Special preparedness considerations under pandemic conditions.
  • What to do during a quake and what to do afterward.
  • How to secure items in your home before the quake hits.
  • What should be in your home disaster, office and vehicle kit.
  • Special considerations for children and pets.
  • How to shut off your home utilities.
  • Creating a family communication plan.
  • Available earthquake early warning apps.

USC has participated in the Great California ShakeOut — the largest disaster drill in U.S. history — since it first began in 2008. Since then, the university has held “drop, cover and hold on” drills, full-scale earthquake exercises, preparedness fairs and training sessions to prime the university for a major earthquake.

Last year, roughly 11 million people in California and nearly 66 million people worldwide took part in the international drill. USC Staff Assembly and the Office of Fire Safety & Emergency Planning hope to resume in-person drills on campus in 2021.

Anyone interested in the earthquake preparedness webinar can register at bit.ly/USCearthquake. The webinar is open to the entire USC community.

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