At 10:18 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 18 (10/18), Shoreline Community College will join much of the state and nation in what is being called the largest earthquake drill ever.
Sponsored by state and federal emergency management agencies, The Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are designed to help people in homes, schools, and organizations improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during earthquakes. In Washington, officials are hoping for 1 million participants in this year’s drill.
Shoreline will use a limited-impact drill, focusing just on the 2900 building, said Edwin Lucero, acting director of safety and security. At 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, a fire alarm will sound in the 2900 building which houses a number of science-related classrooms. Everyone in the 2900 building will be asked to evacuate, Lucero said.
As soon as everyone is out of the building, they will be allowed to return with the entire drill anticipated to take less than 10 minutes. Lucero said the goal is to minimize the disruption while still having a valuable exercise for students and college staff. After the drill, security personnel will review the experience and emergency plans.
Lucero noted that the fire alarm on Thursday will likely be audible from those in nearby buildings, but that the drill is intended for only the 2900 building. The college emergency management plan, developed in January, 2012, is available here.