Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill - 09.18.19

October 19, 2023 at 10:19 a.m.

On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., take two minutes to practice life-saving actions in case of an earthquake during the ShakeOut earthquake drill. You will be alerted via text and email when the drill begins. When you receive the notification, Drop, Cover and Hold On. For students who are in classes at Keck Science or the other Claremont Colleges at that time, please follow instructions from your instructor if and when appropriate. You can disregard the Pitzer alert at 10:19 a.m.

Classroom Instruction Guide

Thank you for playing your important role in learning how to stay safe during major earthquakes. This may be the first time you have ever participated in an earthquake drill and it may be the only opportunity to practice what to do to protect yourself (“Drop, Cover and Hold On”) before the next major earthquake.

  • Earthquakes are unpredictable and may happen where you live, work or travel.
  • Most injuries in earthquakes are from falling or flying objects.
  • Today we are joining millions of people worldwide who are practicing how to be safe during earthquakes.

What do to in different classrooms

  • Classroom or auditorium
    • Drop to the floor. Do not try to exit during shaking.
    • Cover your head and neck with one hand and seek shelter under your desk or table as best as possible.
    • If in an auditorium with no tables, take cover between the rows of chairs.
    • Hold on to the leg of the desk/table with your other hand.
  • Laboratory or other room with no tables/shelter
    • Step back from the lab table.
    • Drop to the floor on your knees next to a wall, away from glass and other hazards if possible.
    • Cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.
    • Hold On to something sturdy during the shaking.
  • “Wait a Minute” after shaking stops. Look around for hazards, including behind you, before getting up. Carefully exit the building if instructed.

What to do during the drill

  • Once you receive the message that the drill has begun, Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
  • Drop to the ground, take cover under something sturdy to protect yourself and hold on. Or stay low and protect yourself from flying objects with your hands and arms.
  • Maintain the Drop, Cover, and Hold position until you receive the message stating the drill is over.
  • The entire drill will last 2 minutes

Topics for post-drill discussion

  1. If you were at home during an earthquake, what might fall on you? Can you move those items or secure them so they won’t cause injury?
  2. Do you always keep your cell phone and computer charged? If you have a car, do you always keep the gas tank at least half full?
  3. How would you contact your family in case of an emergency? Do you have an out-of-state contact established to receive messages from your family in the event local phone lines are busy?
  4. ATMs may be offline after a major earthquake. How long can you live on the money you have right now?

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Emergency Procedures - 01.11.19

In an emergency, call both 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and Campus Safety 909.607.2000 (ext. 7-2000)

Do not use elevators or move suspicious packages. Only pull the fire alarm in fire-related emergencies.

Emergency Procedures and Evacuation Plan Map in English and Spanish (PDF)


  • Indoors: DROP, take COVER under a sturdy table or desk and HOLD ON. If that’s not possible, take shelter near an interior wall or by furniture that won’t fall over, and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Stay away from windows, fireplaces, appliances and furniture that may tip over and objects that may fall.
  • Stay where you are; after the shaking stops, go to a designated evacuation site.
  • Outside: Stay in open area away from buildings, power lines, trees, street lights and utility wires.


  • Activate fire alarm.
  • Isolate the fire by closing doors behind you. Do not lock the doors.
  • Evacuate to a designated evacuation site.

Bomb Threat

  • If a bomb threat is phoned in, ask the caller: What time is the bomb going off? Where is the bomb? What does it look like? What kind of bomb is it? Did you place the bomb? Why?
  • If the threat was emailed, forward it to Campus Safety (
    [email protected]). Notify your supervisor, a resident assistant.
  • Note the caller’s answers and any background noise, distinguishing vocal patterns, etc.
  • If the caller says the bomb is located near you, notify others and evacuate at least 100 yards (300 feet) from the area.

Active Assailant Lockdown

  • Upon notification, proceed to nearest room that can be locked.
  • Lock or barricade the door. Close curtains and blinds; turn off the lights.
  • Mute your cell phone.
  • Stay out of the sight lines from doors and windows.
  • Remain quiet until Campus Safety or police arrive.


  • Notify your supervisor or resident assistant.


If a member of the media approaches you regarding an emergency:

  • Politely decline to answer questions. Do not speculate about the emergency. Direct inquiries to the Office of Communications (ext. 1-8219 or 909.621.8219).
  • Alert Campus Safety (ext. 7-2000 or 909.607.2000) that a news crew is on campus.

Evacuation Plan

  1. Building occupants convene at the designated initial evacuation site upon an emergency requiring evacuation.
  2. Upon the direction of a college official, the group proceeds to the final evacuation site.
  3. If the initial evacuation site is not adequate as an evacuation site, proceed directly to the Commencement Plaza.
  4. Do not leave the evacuation sites until directed to do so by a college official.

Evacuation Sites

Evacuation Map
  1. McConnell, Mead, Grove House, Broad Center, Broad Hall, Avery, Fletcher, Scott, Bernard, Keck Science Center – Evacuate to the Commencement Plaza.
  2. East Sanborn, Pitzer Hall, Gold Student Center, North Sanborn, Atherton – Evacuate to the East Mesa Parking Lot.
  3. West Hall, East Hall – Evacuate to North Fire Road.

Final Evacuation site is Commencement Plaza

Notification system - 01.11.19

Emergency Procedures and Evacuation Plan Map in English and Spanish (PDF)

Everbridge is an emergency notification service available to students, faculty, and staff. Everbridge can be used to send emergency messages within minutes of the occurrence of an incident. Pitzer College performs a College-wide annual test of the Everbridge system.

Pitzer College is committed to ensuring the campus community receives timely, accurate, and useful information in the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation on campus or in the local area that poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of campus community members

Updating Contact Information for Everbridge Notifications

  • Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff contact information is loaded into Everbridge through the Workday system. Faculty and staff can update their contact information in Workday.
  • Students: Student contact information is loaded into Everbridge through the student information system. Students can update their contact information by updating the Student Contact Information form in the Registrar’s Office.
LiveSafe Smartphone App - 01.11.19

Emergency Procedures and Evacuation Plan Map in English and Spanish (PDF)

LiveSafe app home screen
The LiveSafe home screen

The Claremont Colleges uses LiveSafe, a free personal safety mobile application for students, parents, and the community to engage in a two-way conversation with Campus Safety allowing users direct access to emergency services.

For more information and where to download this app, visit our LiveSafe informational website at