Are you ready to drop, cover, and hold on at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday (Oct. 18) and join millions of Californians as they take part in a statewide earthquake drill? The UCR community will participate in the drill that is designed to prepare all Californians for the eventual Big One.

Called The Great California ShakeOut, the approximately 2-minute-long exercise is voluntary. The university, however, is urging all students, faculty and staff to take part in the drill as a first response to a simulated magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault.

“Such a powerful earthquake could devastate much of Southern California,” said David Oglesby, a professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences, who is helping organize the event. “Because we live in earthquake country, everyone at UC Riverside and in the surrounding community needs to know what to do when the ground starts shaking. We need to know that trying to run outside or going to an interior doorway are both dangerous actions. Instead, we should drop, cover, and hold on until the shaking stops, and then carefully go outside to a location at a safe distance, away from debris that may fall from buildings.”

On Thursday, at 10:18 a.m., a campus-wide “Drop, Cover, Hold On” drill will be held, marked by a campus warning siren. KUCR Radio will start playing a 2-minute “Drop, Cover, Hold On” instructional walk-through clip. This will be followed by an evacuation of some buildings at 10:25 a.m. Evacuees will assemble on the East Lawn for approximately 10 minutes.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an earthquake information fair will be held at the bell tower.

For more information, visit www.shakeout.org and www.ehs.ucr.edu/emergency/shakeout.