Some students participate in Great California Shakeout, others decline

Brennan Wasan

Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Students and faculty members participated in the Great California Shake Out drill in the library on Thursday, Oct 21, however it didn’t draw the participation that many had hoped.

The Great California Shake Out was a state-wide emergency drill to prepare Californians for an earthquake.

A female voice over the intercom reminded students of the event 15 minutes prior to the drill,  explaining the procedures and giving a brief summary of what would happen. These procedures were repeated ten minutes later, with a request that all students participate.

Students were instructed to 
1. Drop to the ground

2. Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table,
3.  Hold on to the table or desk until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

At promptly 10:30 a.m., the fire alarm sounded and it seemed like there was only a 50 percent participation rate while an equal number of students stayed in their seats.  One student’s facial expression was not difficult to read.  “I’m not doing that!” she seemed to be saying.

After 30 seconds of an annoying bell, it shut off and the students who actually participated raised themselves from underneath their desks and continued to study and read.

Wasan is a student in Media Comm 132