15th annual Great ShakeOut: Trojans drop, cover and hold on

More than 41 million people worldwide took part in the drill. 

October 20, 2022 USC staff

Great ShakeOut: Celebrating
Emergency response team members from USC Student Affairs celebrate after a successful earthquake drill. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Trojans on Thursday practiced their earthquake preparedness skills as part of the 15th annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. More than 41 million people worldwide took part in the drill.

Among the activities at USC:

  • Students, faculty and staff practiced “drop, cover and hold on,” the recommended action to take in case of an earthquake.
  • Campus emergency response departments and all schools including the libraries activated their outdoor Department Operations Centers, where each unit reviewed response roles and procedures.
  • Facilities Planning Management along with USC Housing and USC Environmental Health & Safety exercised the post-earthquake damage assessment plan.
  • Environmental Health & Safety conducted a Hazardous Materials Response Drill to practice important safety procedures.

The ShakeOut began in Southern California in 2008 as a drill designed to educate the public about how to protect themselves during a large earthquake.