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“ShakeOut” during the largest worldwide earthquake drill Oct. 17

Do you know what to do when an earthquake hits?

Green River is participating in its first ShakeOut drill on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. This 60-second drill serves as an opportunity for the state to practice how to stay safe during an earthquake.

Messages starting the drill will come through college emergency phone messages, text messages, Green River email and social media. Students, faculty and staff are strongly urged to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the one minute exercise. A second message will signal the end of the drill.

In preparation for the exercise, participants are encouraged to review and update their own emergency preparedness plans, check supplies and secure work and living spaces to lessen chances of damage and injuries. Resources and direction can be found on The Great Washington ShakeOut resources page.

Green River offers a free Safety Alert service to students, employees and their families. Messages are sent through text messages and college email when normal campus operations experience a disruption. To sign up, visit the Green River Safety Alerts website.

The Safety Alert program is one of the many strides taken towards the Campus Resilience Pilot Program efforts. During the recent visit from the Community and Regional Resilience Institute, over 80 interviews were conducted with Green River participants. Out of the seven colleges chosen to implement the program, Green River was the only community college chosen because their focus is to protect and recover the essential campus experience in the midst of any change or disruptions.