TUFS Conducts a School-wide Earthquake Drill

November 13, 2015

On Wednesday, October 28th, a school-wide earthquake drill (ShakeOut drill/ Security check drill) was carried out, simulating an earthquake, which measures a lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7. About 2000 participants including students, faculty members, and co-op workers took part in the drill.

The ShakeOut drill is a simulated disaster drill which began in the United States in 2008 and is currently seeing wide implementation in Japan. The participants follow the general earthquake response of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” for a minute in a given situation.

An emergency alarm and an announcement recorded by the Great Japan ShakeOut, an organization which promotes the ShakeOut drill, started off the training. The announcement was made both in Japanese and English.

In the ensuing training, students sent texts to the university from their portable devices. The students solemnly took the event seriously. TUFS plans to examine the drill in order to increase awareness about disaster prevention and preparedness for disaster among students and faculty members.