On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m., Imperial Valley College will join other colleges, businesses, and organizations by participating in the "DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON" safety action. The Great ShakeOut drill is an opportunity to practice protecting yourself during an earthquake. Federal, state, and emergency preparedness experts agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during an earthquake.
When the drill begins, you will be alerted to the sound of the fire alarm and via our Regroup Mass Notification System (text and email). When you receive the notification, Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
Drop to the floor, avoiding any falling objects or furniture.
Take cover under a desk, table, or other sturdy pieces of furniture. If no such furniture is present, seek cover against an interior wall while protecting your head with your arms.
3. HOLD ON
If you take cover under furniture, hold on as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).
After you have "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" for 60 seconds, please evacuate to your assigned Emergency Evacuation Area based on where you are and in accordance with the Campus Evacuation Map (see attachment).
Take all personal belongings with you as you leave your classroom or office. Walk safely and remain at your Emergency Evacuation location until you are given further direction. Do not re-enter the building until you get an all-clear notification from authorized personnel. This is only a drill; you should not leave campus.
In addition, during this drill, a notification will be sent to the contact information provided in your Regroup account. Notifications appear as text messages on subscribed mobile phone numbers, telephone voice call, and emails sent to IVC email addresses. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to register their mobile phone numbers with our Regroup Mass Notification System to ensure they receive text alerts.