Exercises and Drills

Earthquake Drill

Annually, each September, George Mason University participates in the Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill. This drill is designed to promote awareness of earthquake response procedures. This earthquake drill is announced via Mason Alert. Participation is voluntary but all are encouraged to participate. Information on how to prepare for and respond to an earthquake is available in the Earthquake Preparation and Response Guide.

Tornado Drill

Annually, each March, George Mason University participates in a statewide Tornado Drill. This drill is designed to promote awareness of tornado and severe weather response procedures. This earthquake drill is announced via Mason Alert. Participation is voluntary but all are encouraged to participate. Information on how to prepare for and respond to tornados and severe weather is available in the Tornado and Severe Weather Response Guide.

Fire Drills

Fire Drills are conducted on campus in accordance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. Drills are held in all university buildings and are unannounced. For more information on fire drills please reference the University Fire Safety Plan.

Emergency Exercises

Annually, George Mason University conducts tabletop, function, and/or full scale emergency exercises with the Executive Council and university Emergency Operations Group. These exercises are designed to prepare university personnel to respond to various emergencies that may occur on campus, recover from emergencies as quickly as possible, and provide the appropriate support to students, employees, and university operations.