ESUSD to Participate in Annual Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill October 17

All ESUSD faculty, staff, and students will take part in in practicing the Drop, Cover, and Hold on technique as if a major earthquake were occurring.

California is at a higher risk of experiencing an earthquake when compared to the rest of the country, so it is important to be prepared no matter where you are: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation. Practicing how to take earthquake-safe action when seconds count can save lives and prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

On the morning of Thursday, October 17, there will be an announcement for the drill and all students and employees will remain where they are and practice how to drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy object, and hold on as if a major earthquake were happening. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety they have identified because most earthquake-related injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.

ShakeOut drills create the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations and communities to get prepared, practice what to do to be safe, and learn what plans need to be improved. The Great ShakeOut began in 2008 in Southern California as an effort by scientists and emergency managers to inform the public about earthquake preparedness. Today, millions of people and organizations participate in the International Shakeout Day of Action each October.

For general information about the event and helpful earthquake safety resources visit