The Tech Museum will serve as the "EPIcenter" (education & public information center) in Northern California's first-ever "ShakeOut" preparedness drill. The official statewide event Thursday, October 15, is meant to express the importance of preparation and to demonstrate quake-safe actions in the event of a major temblor on this, the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake.
As the key ShakeOut venue, the museum will be staged to carry out the "drop, cover, hold on" drill with more than 400 student visitors and other guests including Matthew Bettenhausen, acting secretary of the state's Emergency Management Agency, Karen Baker, secretary of Service and Volunteering for California Volunteers, museum President Peter Friess and officials with the USGS, American Red Cross, San Jose police and fire officials, among others.
More than 400 visitors participate in an actual earthquake drill in three museum locations. The museum earthquake platform will be shaking all day with eight different simulated earthquakes from around the world - including the Loma Prieta. An ambulance and police and fire vehicles will be stationed outside the museum along with the "Big Shaker," an earthquake simulator where visitors are rattled for up to 10 seconds in what feels like an 8.0 quake.
At exactly 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2009, millions Californians across the state will participate in the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history. (Editors: please plan to arrive early).
The Tech Museum, 201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
The Great California ShakeOut is a day of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill ever, organized to inspire Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org