MEDIA ADVISORY: USC practices the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct. 21

October 20, 2021

Great ShakeOut Drill

Every year, USC participates in the Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill to ensure students, faculty and staff know what to do when a quake hits: Drop, Cover and Hold On. Image by USC.

The 2021 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at 10:21 a.m.

Contact: Emily Gersema,

Each year since 2008, the University of Southern California has participated in the Great California ShakeOut. This earthquake drill at USC is meant to prepare students, faculty and staff to know what to do in the event of an earthquake and encourage them to make their homes and offices earthquake safe.

Worldwide, the Great ShakeOut has been coordinated since 2007 by the Southern California Earthquake Center – an NSF- and USGS-supported center of scientists and engineers focused on quake research that is headquartered at USC.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at 10:21 a.m.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center ( which is headquartered at USC. All staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to participate in this university-wide Drop, Cover, and Hold-On Drill. USC participates in the drill every year.

Prepare to Drop, Cover and Hold On wherever you are Thursday at 10:21 a.m.

For more information about the ShakeOut visit

Student journalists who are interested in covering the drill led by USC Fire Safety & Emergency Planning are encouraged to email Emily Gersema at

For the history of the Great Shakeout and its global reach, contact Jason Ballman at SCEC at