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Great ShakeOut, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

by Rodney Tanaka

October 11, 2020

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WesternU will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020. We will not be evacuating our Pomona and Lebanon campus buildings. Because so many of us are working or studying from home, WesternU’s Emergency Management Committee asks that you take this opportunity to evaluate your surroundings and make a plan for responding to emergencies. What potential or actual hazards are in your immediate surroundings? How would you evacuate the area if the primary exit door was blocked? Do you have “Go bags” for yourself and your family that contains critical items such as food, water, medications for a few days, some cash, and a change of clothing? What about a “Go bag” for your animals?

WesternU will be sending test messages on its emergency notification system and/or “LiveSafe” app on October 15, giving you updates during this drill. The messages will clearly indicate that this is a test and not an actual emergency.

If you do not receive a text, email and/or a phone call, you may want to go to BanWeb self-service and update your personal information.

Earthquake preparedness tips from the Earthquake Country Alliance 

Learn how to prepare, survive, and recover using 7 steps. Print off this flier or share with friends and family.

Understand specifics for your state in Oregon or California.

Organize your disaster supplies using this Checklist.

Magnitude 7.8 scenario earthquake computer simulations from the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) and the Southern California Earthquake Center:


What could happen in an earthquake and what you need to do to prepare for it.




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