As of Monday, October 17, roughly 8.3 million people have signed up to participate in the fourth annual Great California ShakeOut. On Thursday, October 21 at 10:21 a.m., schools, university and municipalities will be practicing a state-wide earthquake drill. The ShakeOut was started in an effort to increase earthquake preparedness and practice response so as to reduce recovery time.

Last year, Blackboard Connect helped deliver more than 1.12 million messages for ShakeOut events. An important stress test of sorts, the Blackboard Connect system sent many of these ‘drill’ calls in a short window of time to a narrow geographic region.

If you are a resident of California, Idaho, Oregon or Nevada (click here for a full list of participating states/regions), get involved in this year’s event by registering here to find out what to do in the event of an earthquake. To learn more about how Blackboard Connect can help you enhance preparedness, watch our recent presentation, ‘Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

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