today, october 15, 2009 (10/15) at 10:15 am, ucla faculty and staff participated in the ‘great california shakeout.’ the great shakeout is an earthquake preparedness drill sponsored by the state of california. employees are asked to identify sturdy tables and desks under which to duck and cover in the event of an earthquake, and then walk through an actual evacuation route to a predetermined rendezvous point outside of the building.
the drill was boring, but beneficial. at ucla, there were no siren blasts, news media hovering overhead in helicopters (like we had for days when michael jackson died), or people screaming. best of all, no one was injured during the drill.
we ducked and covered, made our way to the evacuation point, read our bruinalerts (bruinalert on facebook), (which have recently told us of emergencies on campus such as stabbings), and returned to our offices. it was a good way to prepare a plan of action in the event of an actual emergency.
i used my time wisely to read briefly from a hebrew book i rather enjoy reading. i figure, if you’re gonna go, you might as well go out reading something you enjoy.