Media Advisory and Photo Op: USGS Employees Get Ready to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” in the Great ShakeOut

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — U.S. Geological Survey employees in Menlo Park, Calif. will participate in an earthquake safety drill, and test their emergency response plan as part of the Great ShakeOut on Oct. 15, an annual day of action to practice how to protect yourself from an earthquake.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — U.S. Geological Survey employees in Menlo Park, Calif. will participate in an earthquake safety drill, and test their emergency response plan as part of the Great ShakeOut on Oct. 15, an annual day of action to practice how to protect yourself from an earthquake. Long recognized as the experts in earthquake science, USGS takes it’s own preparedness, and the safety of its employees seriously, and encourages others to come together and do the same. Reporters are invited to film and document the USGS employee preparedness drill and evacuation, and see the emergency supply centers set up for employees on the USGS Menlo Park Campus.

What: "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill.

Immediately following the take-cover drill, there will be an evacuation of all USGS buildings on campus. Mock-injured employees will be in each building to test employee readiness. A triage center will be set up, and the evacuation drill will be timed to test employee readiness and internal communications.
 

Who: All USGS employees in Menlo Park California, about 600 people.

When: Thursday, October 15 at 10:15 a.m.

Where:  U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, Calif.