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Don’t Freak Out, ShakeOut!

A pack of zombies, over 300 students, statewide emergency services officials to participate in 24th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Great ShakeOut drill

Press Release Date 
Thursday, October 10, 2013
SAN JOSE, CA – You’re all set for the zombie apocalypse, but you haven’t the slightest clue what to do in the event of a major earthquake.  How do you prepare when the ground is shaking underneath you?  Join forces with the undead as we host The Great California ShakeOut, an event that will surely get you moving as you Drop, Cover, and Hold On in this statewide earthquake drill October 17 at 10:17 a.m.
Zombies, community leaders, and hundreds of students will gather at The Tech Museum of Innovation, a Silicon Valley EPIcenter (Education and Public Information Center) to learn how to take proper precautionary measures in the event of a major earthquake. Students and the public can step inside The Big Shaker, a trailer designed to simulate earthquake motions, and experience the impact themselves.  
The Cisco Network Emergency Response Vehicle, American Red Cross, and the California Earthquake Authority will be on hand to help the public learn about emergency preparedness. Don’t forget to take cover under The Traveling Red Table, a massive 11-and-a-half-foot table with numerous celebrity signatures.        
WHAT: The Great California Shakeout. More than 300 Bay Area Students are expected to participate in California’s largest earthquake drill as well as invited VIPs.
WHEN: Thursday, October 17
5:00 – 7:00 a.m.: Media availability-Interviews with VIPs, earthquake simulator, Traveling Red Table photos, “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” demos
9:00 a.m.: Students arrive, preparedness activities and education
9:15 a.m.: Media Availability – VIPs, Big Shaker Trailer, Cisco NERV truck, and zombies from Great America’s Halloween Haunt
10 a.m.: VIPs in New Venture Hall
10:17 a.m.: Museum-wide ShakeOut drill
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Earthquake Preparedness activities
WHERE: The Tech, 201 S. Market St., San Jose, CA
WHO: Bill Bailer, VP of Operations at The Tech, Tom Brocher, Director of Earthquake Science Center, USGS, Mark Cloutier, CEO, American Red Cross Gateway to the Golden State Region, Mark Ghilarducci, Director of California Office of Emergency Services and Tim Ritchie, President of The Tech along with over 300 students and a pack of  zombies.
Roqua Montez
Director of Public Relations
Michelle Tran
Public Relations Specialist
Cynthia Shaw
American Red Cross
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.