Humboldt State University
Please Take Part in
California ShakeOut Drill, Oct. 16

Lisa A. RossbacherDear Colleagues and Students,

At Humboldt State University, we take the safety of our campus community seriously. Please join me Thursday, October 16th at 10:16 a.m., in participating in the Great California ShakeOut Drill (, an annual event that supports emergency planning and preparedness.

I encourage you set your cell phone or watch alarm for 10:16 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16th. At that time, each of us should drop to the ground or floor, cover ourselves by getting under a table or desk (or if outside protect your head with an arm), and hold on for sixty seconds. Drop, cover and hold.

To see videos prepared by HSU Geology Professor Lori Dengler about exactly what to do, please visit This emergency management website also has good summaries about how to respond in the case of many other types of emergency.

A video from California Shakeout, designed to be played during the drill, is at . You can also tune in to KHSU 90.5 FM radio to hear the recorded message broadcast over the radio.

I am especially concerned that our faculty and staff who work with groups of students be prepared to respond and help in the event of an earthquake. Students will take their cues on how to behave from what you do. Please include information in your syllabi and practice a ShakeOut with students.

If you have suggestions or ideas about the ShakeOut on our campus, please e-mail

Thank you for practicing and preparing.

With best wishes,

Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.

Humboldt State University