University Police Department

Drop, Cover, Hold On
2016 Great ShakeOut

In an earthquake, you may only have seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you. Practice earthquake-safe actions at 10:20 a.m. on October 20. Why? Because when the adrenaline kicks in, you may not act safely if you haven’t practiced the Drop, Cover, Hold On drill before that moment.

Last year over 43 million people participated in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills through broad-based outreach programs, media partnerships, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. The drill is held annually on the third Thursday of October.

For further information on how you can prepare for an earthquake review Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.pdf or visit the University Police Department’s (UPD) Earthquake Safety Tips page.

If your department or office would like to participate in the 2016 Great ShakeOut, you can contact UPD’s Emergency Services Coordinator Andres Acevedo at  or register directly on the Great ShakeOut website.

Wrapping Gifts
2016 Holiday Toy Drive

This is a special year for the Holiday Toy Drive as we celebrate its 25th anniversary.   Last year, with your help, the University Police Department (UPD) Holiday Toy Drive was able to provide toys and gift cards to over 600 children and 200 families in the campus community. This year, UPD hopes to provide toys to 250 families, and with your generous contributions, we can achieve this.  Here are a couple dates to put on your calendar: 

  • December 14 - Gift Wrapping Day
  • December 17 - Toy/Gift Delivery Day

More details will be sent out soon from UPD on how you can help make this 25th anniversary of the Holiday Toy Drive a memorable event for the campus community.