Los Medanos College joins the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill Oct. 19

Pittsburg, Calif. – Los Medanos College will join communities across California and communities throughout the East Bay in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.  

Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the International ShakeOut Day this year is set for 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. During drill, students and employees at the Pittsburg Campus and Brentwood Center will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the safe response to an earthquake is to:  


Drop where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down by shaking and reduces your chance of being hit by falling or flying objects.


Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand.

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs


Hold on until the shaking stops.

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Or Adapt to Your Situation:

If you have difficulty getting onto the ground, or cannot get back up again without help, then follow these recommendations:

  • If you are in a recliner or bed: Cover your head and neck with your arms or a pillow until the shaking stops.
  • If you use a cane: Drop, Cover, and Hold On or sit on a chair, bed, etc. and cover your head and neck with both hands. Keep your cane near you so it can be used when the shaking stops.
  • If you use a walker or wheelchair: LOCK your wheels (if applicable). If using a walker carefully get as low as possible. Bend over and COVER your head/neck with your arms, a book, or a pillow. Then HOLD ON until the shaking stops.