Campus Safety Ensures MICA Community Is Safe and Informed
Posted 08.24.11 by MICA Communications
BALTIMORE--Yesterday, MICA campus braved a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Richmond, Va., with no campus injuries or major building damage being reported. Campus Safety ensured the MICA community was safe and informed of the situation by evacuating buildings, and communicating through MICA Alerts and officers on site.
MICA Alert allows the College to communicate very rapidly with students, faculty and staff via brief cell-phone text messages when there is an immediate threat to life or safety on the MICA campus. Learn about MICA Alert and sign up here.
The earthquake, which hit at about 1:51 p.m. yesterday, shook most of the East Coast.
MICA members reported where they were during the earthquake and their concerns, many through the social media outlets, Facebook and Twitter:
- Librarian Marianne Sade: Bunting basement with card catalog drawers shaking!
- Neil Harpe '73: I was in my studio working on a painting. Lucky for me I was cleaning my brush when the quake hit---otherwise....oops!!
- Rob Giordano '71: I hope my Main Building is OK!
- "I was shaking up a donor when it happened," joked President Fred Lazarus IV as he stood outside the Main Building with MICA faculty, staff and students just after the earthquake. All MICA buildings were evacuated until Campus Safety Director Stephen Davis gave the "all clear."
Visit MICA's Facebook page here to see more photos of the earthquake and MICA's quick response.
Image caption: Director of Campus Safety Stephen Davis gives a briefing to the administrative staff, evacuated from the Main Building.