Great Shakeout: Mayfield Practices Earthquake Preparedness


Abby Beegle, Columns Co Editor-in-Chief

In a coordinated effort to be prepared in the event of a catatrophic earthquake Mayfield participated in the annual “Great ShakeOut” drill. Practiced by millions of people in Calfornia and around the world in earthquake-prone areas, the drill is designed to train participants to react quickly and safely in and earthquake.

Drop, Cover and Hold On drills helped us practice to protect ourselves in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks us down or something drops on us. 

Faculty Search and Rescue team found and evacuated the “injured,” our First Aid Team effectively treated their “injuries,” and our Reunification Team kept students “calm” on the north lawn while distributing snacks, giving everyone on campus peace of mind that we will be ready to respond.  


The earthquake preparedness . This work has really paid off—we are well trained and well supplied with enough food and water to last for three full days.

We continue to work on several communications plans, which will depend on cell phone coverage and access to the internet during a disaster. I know I sleep more soundly knowing that, should the worst happen, we are ready. 


  • Be counted in the largest-ever earthquake drill in the world!
  • Be listed with other participants in your area (Optional)
  • Be an example that motivates others to participate & prepare
  • Be updated with ShakeOut news and preparedness tips
  • Have peace of mind that you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from our next big earthquake!

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down–or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.