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 21* 2021 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, there are simple steps we can take to minimize the effects of an earthquake.

  • Know how to protect yourself.
  • Practice what to do during an earthquake.
  • Teach yourself and your family members to react automatically.
  • Inspect your work and home area to identify potential hazards. Injuries occur, even during moderate earthquakes, from falling or sliding equipment and furniture.
  • Secure all bookcases, and secure filing cabinets more than four feet tall. They may topple over.
  • Store laboratory instruments, computer disks and glassware in latched cabinets or on lipped shelves to prevent falling.
  • Rearrange cluttered storage areas to provide evacuation routes in the event of an emergency.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Notify the UCSF Department of Environmental Health & Safety at 415/476-1300 of any potential hazards in your campus work areas.