7.7 Million Californians Get Ready to ShakeOut

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Californians will "Drop, Cover and Hold On" for largest earthquake drill in U.S. history.

Momentum is building for the “Great California ShakeOut” earthquake drill, in which participants will Drop, Cover and Hold On, to practice how to be protected from falling objects in an earthquake. While most Californians know earthquakes happen, most don’t know what to do in an earthquake. Today, more than 7.7 million have signed up for the second annual statewide ShakeOut to learn about earthquake preparedness.


    More than 7.7 MILLION Californians will participate October 21, 10:21 a.m.

    CURRENT TOTAL for the state and for 11 ShakeOut areas (map, center bottom): http://www.ShakeOut.org

    Totals and lists by name (statewide, by area, and by county): http://www.ShakeOut.org/whoisparticipating


    Updated media resources, contacts, MEDIA GUIDE, advisories, resources: http://www.ShakeOut.org/media


    Over 25 EVENTS throughout California, listed by county: http://www.ShakeOut.org/venues


    Audio/Video recordings to accompany ShakeOut drills; ShakeOut.org/drill/broadcast    
         Transcript available for running on TV (lower-third) at 10:21 if video cannot be played.

    High quality version for TV: ShakeOut.org/drill/tv

    RADIO AND TV STATIONS broadcasting the recordings: ShakeOut.org/drill/broadcasters.html

ADVANCE STORY: One 12 year old girl planned her Girl Scout project around the ShakeOut. Her plans grew into a powerful story of individual, school, church, community and hospital earthquake preparedness. More on her story can be found here: http://www.shakeout.org/news/101019article.html

PURPOSE: The ShakeOut is an annual chance to practice how to protect yourself during earthquakes (Drop, Cover, and Hold On) so you will know how to react when the next earthquake strikes. In addition, the ShakeOut drill encourages everyone to get prepared at work, school and home. All Californians are encouraged to prepare for earthquakes in advance by having a family plan, setting aside emergency supplies to last for several days and considering earthquake insurance to secure your property and finances.


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D'anne Ousley
California Earthquake Authority
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Mark Benthien
Earthquake Country Alliance / SCEC
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