Make a 30-minute investment in your safety on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10:20 a.m. The Lab is participating in an annual earthquake drill, asking everyone, whether at a Lab site, or working off-site, to join by dropping, covering, and holding on. Lab locations and most of our homes are near earthquake faults. There may be only seconds to prepare, so Oct. 20 is an opportunity to practice with your colleagues and millions of others participating in this now international drill. 

A LabAlert message will be sent at 10:20 a.m. announcing the start of the ShakeOut. Everyone should respond to one of the following LabAlert messages:

    1. I am at the Lab and safe. 
    2. I am at a remote location and am safe.
    3. I need assistance. Please contact me. 

Everyone will then receive a message asking them to evacuate to a Lab Emergency Assembly Area. Volunteers at the assembly areas will have a QR code you should use to check in on your mobile device to show you have safely left the building. You should always take essential personal items, such as your badge, keys, phone, and wallet, with you during an evacuation if it is safe to grab them. Following the check-in you  can return to your building. 


Know Your Lab Emergency Assembly Areas

For reference, the Emergency Assembly Areas can be found as a layer on the Lab’s interactive map. Go to the bottom left corner of, select layers, Emergency Assembly Areas.

You can also refer to this map to see the Lab’s hill-site Emergency Assembly Areas


Win a Prize at the Cafeteria Patio

For those on site, the Emergency Management team will be at the cafeteria patio, Building 54, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a prize wheel. Spin the wheel with an opportunity to win one of several Lab branded prizes. You can also learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency at work and at home.


Prepare for the Big One

Consider adding MyShake app to your Lab and personal mobile device. The app warns that shaking has started in your vicinity using ground-motion sensors. These vital seconds can give you a chance to drop, take cover, and hold on. 

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Add the ShakeOut to your calendar

West Coast earthquake warnings

California sensor network

California ShakeOut

Print and share posters

Earthquake practice video – suitable for use with children

Stop Drop Hold On – technique to use by caregivers of infants and children