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Advisory: IU Shakeout drills, tabletop earthquake exercise canceled

  • Oct. 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has postponed its Oct. 15 systemwide tabletop earthquake exercise until next year in light of the recently announced visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the same day. Many of the university staff and administrators who would have participated in the exercise are needed instead to help make Kerry’s historic visit a success.

The campus-level drills planned for all campuses also have been canceled. The IU Shakeout and tabletop exercise had been planned in conjunction with the “Great Shakeout,” an annual national earthquake awareness campaign.

“We reside in a region that is impacted by two active seismic zones, so awareness is important,” said Diane Mack, university director for emergency management continuity. “We plan to use the time between now and next year’s events to educate faculty, staff, students, executive policy groups and incident management teams on all campuses about the earthquake hazard, preparedness and response roles.”

This would have been the university’s first systemwide exercise. Mack said such an exercise remains a priority.

The following information can be used to promote earthquake preparedness:

For additional questions, contact Tracy James at 812-856-2865 or traljame@iu.edu

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