Story and Photos by Karen Ramirez
Drop, cover, and hold on. In case of an earthquake, these are the basic steps to maintain safety in case “The Big One” strikes.
Millions of participated at 10:19 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. on October 19 in The Great California Shakeout, an annual earthquake drill in which many schools, organizations, and many more participated for earthquake preparedness.
LBCC students and employees were encouraged to participate by following the “Drop, Cover, and Hold on” drill during class.
Students expressed their thoughts of the earthquake drill. Karen Torres, 22, a Diagnostic Medical Imaging major said, “I feel we are not ready. Disasters happen in other places so it’s always good to plan ahead.”
Emails and text message alerts were sent prior to students and employees at 10:19 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. to prepare them for the earthquake drill.
Brendan Hayes, manager of Environmental Health and Services said, “It’s important to practice drilling through text alerts and email,” referring to testing the emergency alert systems provided by LBCC.
Evacuation drills took place at both campuses, at PCC in buildings AA, BB, EE, QQ, and RR and at LAC in buildings C, D and, M.
Campus Police Officer Elizabeth Velasco said, “Our main concern is safety. If it were real everybody would know where to go and what to do.”
In a brief email sent by LBCC communications, the participants were instructed to drop, cover and hold. However, if no table or desk are nearby drop to the ground and perhaps move to an inside corner of the room. Participant must be in a crawling position to protect vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover head and neck with hands and arms. Moving to another location or run outside is not recommended.
As students and teachers evacuated the building the alarms went off and waited in a designated area.
Lim Preap, 22, a Child Development major, expressed her thoughts otherwise. “This is one of those annoying things you do, but it is vital.”