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The San Francisco State community is also encouraged to observe and participate in --

The Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

October 15, 2015 – 12 Noon

The annual California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 12 Noon across the state and on the SF State Campus.  California schools at every level, government buildings, businesses all around the state and individuals, will participate in the DROP – COVER – HOLD ON exercise. The best way to practice is in small groups with co-workers, classmates or friends and family.  It only takes a minute, and all you have to do is:

Drop-Cover-Hold On

Emergency management experts and official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.

     - DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
     - Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
     - HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

The main point is, try not to move and to immediately protect yourself where you are. Earthquakes occur without warning and may be so violent that you cannot run, walk or crawl.  In this case, you will most likely be knocked to the ground wherever you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one, so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

For more information, visit the links below and learn how to protect yourself while driving, when outdoors, and checkout a new earthquake guide for people with disabilities. | |

Fall Semester Disaster Preparedness Training

The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) will be on campus to provide their annual fall semester Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training. Participants will receive three days of intensive disaster preparedness training,  including hands on instruction in search and rescue, disaster triage, fire extinguishing, and how to prepare your home and workplace.  Fire Trucks

Hosted by the SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness, students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE training which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco.  Participants must attend all sessions to gain the full benefit of the training and a certificate, and NERT – ID Badge will be issued upon completing the 3-day course.

To register and for more information, please see our NERT information page.

Emergency Notification System Survey

Emergency Notfication System Survey

Key Documents

Info IconThese documents will help you prepare for and respond to emergencies and include the Emergency Procedures Handbook, the SF State Business Continuity Plan, and more, Injury & Illness Prevention Program, and Building Emergency Procedures Plans.


On-Campus Resources

Info IconThese University departments offer resources for emergency preparedness planning and post-emergency response.

Off Campus Resources

Info IconHelpful links to local and national resources such as, FEMA,, and many more.

Contact Information

Info IconImportant phone numbers of campus departments and building emergency coordinators.

Alert SF

Alert SF LogoAlertSF is a text-based notification system for San Francisco’s residents and visitors.

AlertSF will send tsunami alerts, severe weather/flooding notifications and post-disaster information to your registered wireless devices and email accounts.

For more information about AlertSF please visit their web site at:
Please note that AlertSF is not affiliated with San Francisco State University.


Survey IconIn this Emergency Preparedness tutorial you’ll learn about the resources you can put to work immediately to ensure your own safety, as well to assist others, in the event of an emergency.


Earthquake IconThis fall, the SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness is please to offer First Aid / CPR / AED Training and NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team), to faculty and staff.  To participate in this training, please follow the registration process outlined here.


Shelter IconOne of the instructions you may be given in an emergency is to shelter-in-place. This means you should stay indoors until authorities tell you it is safe or you are told to evacuate. Read more here.

What to do in an Earthquake

Earthquake IconInformation on what to do in case an earthquake strikes.


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