Natural Disasters (Earthquakes)

The Great California Shake Out

"Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools, and organizations improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during earthquake."  


Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:21 a.m. on October 20* 2022 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Visit the Great Shakeout website for resources and information on drills across the globe. 

Drop. Cover. Hold. Earthquake Country website.

If you are outdoors:

  • Get into an open area.

If you are indoors, stay inside until the shaking is over:

  • Drop
  • Cover
  • Hold On

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety:


In the San Francisco Bay Area, we live with the threat of earthquakes every day. While we can’t prevent an earthquake from occurring, we can PREPARE, SURVIVE, AND RECOVER using seven-steps to limit the effects of an earthquake:


  1. Secure Your Space Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
  2. Plan to be Safe Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
  3. Organize Disaster Supplies Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
  4. Minimize Financial Hardship Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.  Use a business continuity plan for the workplace.


5. Drop, Cover, and Hold On Drop, cover, and hold on when the earth shakes.  Be ready for any earthquake after-shocks. 

6. Improve Safety Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further damage


7. Reconnect and Restore Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community

  • Remain aware of your surroundings and hazards that may be present.
  • Notify the UCSF Department of Environmental Health & Safety at 415/476-1300 of any potential hazards in your campus work areas.