Great Nevada Shakeout Earthquake Drill


Oct. 21, 2021, 10:20am to 10:25am

Office/Remote Location

Campuswide at UNLV, CSN, NSC, and DRI
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At exactly, 10:21 a.m. on October 21, all University Police Services’ campuses AND over 17.5 million people worldwide will be participating in the Great #ShakeOut. Participants are instructed to DROP to the ground, take COVER, and HOLD ON for 60 seconds.

Earthquake drills help to promote awareness and safety. We want you to be an example and motivate others on how to be better prepared to survive and quickly recover. Snap a photo of you, your friends, or your co-workers practicing - Drop, Cover, and Hold On – and share it #UPDShakeout on social media.

During an earthquake, you might have only seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking. Practice helps you be ready to respond. Use the Great Nevada ShakeOut drill as a chance to look around and take note of what objects could fall and cause injury and make sure to secure those items after the drill. Head home and run a drill with your family or roommates. Talk through the different ways to be safe during an earthquake:

  • If you are inside a building, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table or crawl against an interior wall and protect your head, then hold on until the shaking stops. Stay indoors until you are sure it is safe to exit.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear area away from buildings, trees, light poles, and power lines, then drop, cover, and hold on.
  • If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop, and stay there with your seatbelt fastened. Once the shaking stops proceed with caution and avoid any bridges or ramps which may have been damaged.

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Admission Information

Take a photo during the drill of yourself, your classmates, or co-workers practicing DROP. COVER. HOLD ON. and share it with University Police Services on social media #UPDShakeOut

Contact Information

University Police Services, Office of Emergency Management
Gregg Maye

External Sponsor

University Police Services, Office of Emergency Management