At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, there was an earthquake drill designed to prepare the LMU community in the event of an actual emergency, informing everyone to stop, drop to the floor and hold on. The drill came in the form of a text alert, an email and a voicemail, each detailing what to do in the event of an actual emergency.
When I received the alert, I was walking down the hallway to my dorm and was standing near other students who got the same text message. At first, we were all confused if we should actually follow the procedures the messages told us to do, but we unanimously decided that it was unnecessary and resumed what we were doing before the next alerts were sent out.
Even though many students were not in classrooms at the time and did not have the drill enforced, they were still conscious of the procedures and were informed in one way or another. In the event of an actual earthquake, the students of LMU will now be able to recognize and understand what is happening when they receive these alerts, hopefully allowing them to stop, drop and find a safe place to hold on quicker than they would have without experiencing the drill. The messages also linked to an emergency kit checklist and preparedness tips – which many students may not have seen before– that would be beneficial in case of any emergency.
While some students may have mocked or ignored the alerts this morning, the Department of Public Safety succeeded in doing its job in preparing the community for real emergencies and unwarned earthquakes by introducing the standard rules: Stop, drop, and hold on, LMU.
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