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CWU to Participate in ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct. 18

Would you know what three immediate actions you need to take to save your life in the event of an earthquake?

Central Washington University is participating in the annual Great ShakeOut, the world’s largestDrop Cover Hold On earthquake drill, to educate its students and community on “Drop! Cover! Hold On!” The emergency preparedness drill focuses on educating people about best practices for surviving an earthquake.

The ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. on October 18. This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if a major earthquake had occurred at that very moment. You should stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.

Central will use the ShakeOut to test CWU Alert!, Central’s emergency alert system. CWU Alert! combines the technologies of text messaging, e-mail, and telephone messages to be sent instantly to campus community subscribers whenever there is a campus emergency. CWU Alert! is immediately activated when an incident poses an imminent threat to the safety of the community.

This year, 57 million registered participants worldwide, including 1.1 million in Washington state, will participate in the ShakeOut. For more information about the ShakeOut, go to

Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,