2011 California ShakeOut

At 10:20 a.m. on an overcast and chilly Thursday morning, approximately 420 students and 40 staff members practiced a Drop, Cover, and Hold On simulation as if there were a major earthquake occurring. Immediately following the 60 second hold, students and staff member evacuated to the large blacktop area. Teachers took backpacks stocked with emergency supplies and student rosters with them to the assembly area. Sweep teams of staff members quickly assembled to check rooms and then reported back to the school command center that their areas were all clear. Once all students were accounted for and the facilities assessed, Principal Cardenas informed Superintendent Vasquez and Assistant Superintendent McMasters of the status of the school as part of maintaining two-way communication.

Students and staff shared that they felt more comfortable preparing for major earthquakes by using the ShakeOut opportunity to practice what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.