An alert bar will be present at the top of every webpage during an active situation affecting Fremont Unified students, staff and/or facilities. 

Earthquake Drills

Earthquake drills can be held any school day as determined by the site.

Many FUSD schools participate in the world's largest earthquake drill, the ShakeOut, held on the third Thursday of October.

Be Informed

Make a Plan

  • Listen to your teacher during drills
  • "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action
  • The annual ShakeOut is an opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes

During an Earthquake

drop, cover, hold on graphic with stylized figuresDROP where you are, onto your hands and knees

  • This position protects you from being knocked down and reduces your chances of being hit by falling or flying objects.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until shaking stops

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands

After an Earthquake

  • Evacuate, helping the injured and preventing further injuries or damage
  • Look around your environment to identify any new hazards such as leaking gas lines, damage to the building, water or electric lines, or other things that may be dangerous, especially if there are aftershocks

More Resources

Earthquake Safety Tips from
Emergency Preparedness from
Disaster preparedness is addressed in each FUSD school's Comprehensive School Safety Plan