MCOE participated in the California Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill on October 20. At 10:20 a.m., MCOE employees were asked to drop, cover, and hold for 60 seconds as if a major earthquake was occurring. This drill was used as an exercise to test the education community's internal and external communication systems.
The Great Shakeout prepares administration, safety personnel, staff and students for major earthquakes and uses the opportunity to learn what can be done before, during, and after an earthquake.
As a simulated test, MCOE’s Incident Command Team activated the MCOE Emergency Operation Center for districts to report in to.
The system for Districts to communicate with MCOE is simple and as follows:
1. Every school contacts its school district office with notification that it has completed the drill, and notes any problems the school encountered.
2. Each school district subsequently contacts the Monterey County Office of Education’s Emergency Operations Center by phone or two-way radio, and reports the participation of its schools and their status.
3. The county office of education reports the information it collects to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, who passes the information along to the State Office of Emergency Services and the California Earthquake Authority.
Schools in Monterey County are faced with a wide range of emergency concerns, from natural disasters to rare criminal incidents. The focus of MCOE’s Emergency Operation Center is the safety and security of students and staff in schools in the county. Upon request, MCOE’s Incident Command Management Team responds to school districts or county agencies to perform emergency management functions and assistance.