The Great Southern California ShakeOut to Engage Millions of Californians with Informative Game and Record-Breaking Drill

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More than four million participants are registered for the Great Southern California ShakeOut - the largest earthquake drill in United States history. At 10 a.m. on November 13, millions throughout Southern California's eight counties will drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on, to practice what to do to be safe during earthquakes. All Southern Californians are urged to register at http://www.ShakeOut.org.

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'Beat the Quake' allows us to engage a large portion of the population in a fun, interactive way so that they are prepared when the Big One hits. It also makes for a great teaching tool for kids and families

More than four million participants are registered for the Great Southern California ShakeOut - the largest earthquake drill in United States history. At 10 a.m. on November 13, millions throughout Southern California's eight counties will drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on, to practice what to do to be safe during earthquakes. All Southern Californians are urged to register at ShakeOut.org.

To help Southern Californians prepare for the ShakeOut Drill, a fun and informative game called "Beat the Quake" is being launched today. Players secure objects in a virtual living room before a simulated earthquake shakes and breaks those items not secured. The new game is also at http://www.dropcoverholdon.org, a new site featuring a compelling animation of what to do during earthquakes and other safety tips.

"'Beat the Quake' allows us to engage a large portion of the population in a fun, interactive way so that they are prepared when the Big One hits. It also makes for a great teaching tool for kids and families," said Dr. Lucy Jones, of the U.S. Geological Survey, who led a group of more than 300 experts that detailed the expected consequences of a hypothetical magnitude 7.8 earthquake that starts at the Salton Sea and ruptures northward along the San Andreas fault for 190 miles.

"Preparing for a major earthquake is a community effort. While the ShakeOut already has drawn more than four million participants, we're challenging all of Southern California to double that number by recruiting neighbors, colleagues, friends and classmates," said Mark Benthien, Director of Communication, Education and Outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC.

"Beat the Quake" was made possible with generous support from The Home Depot. "Involvement in the ShakeOut is a part of The Home Depot's focus on home safety and security year-round, and demonstrates the company's ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its serves," said Daren Masten, Regional Asset Protection Manager, The Home Depot.

California residents can enroll today by visiting ShakeOut.org.

About the Great Southern California ShakeOut:
With a goal of at least five million participants, the ShakeOut Drill will be the largest in U.S. history. To participate, go to ShakeOut.org/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization's participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill, connect with other participants, and encourage a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness. There are many ways to take part, but at the least participants should "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" at 10 A.M. on November 13. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit http://www.ShakeOut.org and be sure to visit the official ShakeOut Blog.

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