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ShakeOut - October 19 2023

Article Source:  ShakeOut.org

Registration is open for the 2023 ShakeOut and already more than 5.6 million Californians are confirmed to participate! Scroll down to learn how you or your organization can: 
  • Confirm your participation and inspire others
  • Join a webinar to learn how museums, parks, libraries and other learning venues can participate
  • Be a stop on a Statewide Earthquake Simulator Tour
  • List your activity on our public events calendar
  • Have an online visit from "Rocket" in your classroom
  • Attend a virtual Town Hall about CEA insurance options
  • Get FREE tickets to the Disasters Expo USA 
  • Download new ShakeOut posters and graphics
  • Apply for home retrofit grants of up to $3,000
International ShakeOut Day is October 19, however you can hold your drill on any day of the year. By registering to participate as a household, school, or organization, you will inspire millions more people worldwide to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On or other protective actions (see image below), and to become better prepared to survive and recover!  

Museums, parks, libraries, and other free-choice learning environments also participate in ShakeOut, with earthquake education and safety activities for visitors and staff. Learn more by registering to attend a special webinar hosted by USGS ShakeAlert on July 31.

Cal OES Earthquake Simulator Tour

Are you hosting a preparedness event for your
community, organization, or school in October?

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is planning a statewide earthquake simulator tour to encourage Californians to get prepared and participate in the 2023 Great California ShakeOut! The simulator provides the opportunity to experience simulated shaking similar to a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The tour will also provide earthquake preparedness information in partnership with local jurisdictions, at events throughout the state.
If you are interested in hosting a stop along the tour, please complete the request form.

Add Your Public Event
to the ShakeOut Calendar

Many ShakeOut participants organize preparedness fairs, workshops, press conferences, and of course drills/exercises between now and ShakeOut day (as well as after), that are open to the public or news media to attend. Some may even be a stop of the Cal OES earthquake simulator tour!  
To list your activity on the ShakeOut website calendar or in our media advisories, please complete our Event Information form.

ROCKETLive! in Your Classroom

The Southern California Earthquake Center (global headquarters for ShakeOut) and USGS ShakeAlert have partnered with the nationally recognized Rocket Rules program to create earthquake-focused stories, activity books, and videos for younger students, all featuring their animated "Rocket" character. Now Rocket can talk LIVE with students (PreK to 2nd grade) about earthquakes and how to be safe – it’s a fun, free interactive 20-minute experience with Rocket sharing safety tips and answering student questions!
To schedule a virtual visit, email Bunni Benaron, Rocket Rules Founder, at bunni@rocketrules.org.

On August 24th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is hosting a virtual town hall led by Glenn Pomeroy (CEO of CEA), who will share information about changes to their earthquake insurance policy options and how they may impact you. Extreme weather events driven by climate change (including wildfires and hurricanes), high inflation, the increasing cost of construction, and CEA’s continued exposure growth have led to changes in some optional coverage limits.
Learn more on the CEA website or register to attend the town hall.
The Earthquake Country Alliance is proud to partner with Disasters Expo USA again this year! This global event is coming to Anaheim this September 27 & 28 and we are excited to offer special access for ECA members and colleagues. Tickets are regularly $119 but with this exclusive link you can register for a FREE ticket by using promo code ECA100.
Get a Free Ticket (code ECA100)
Disasters Expo USA will be transforming the Anaheim Convention Center into the ultimate destination for disaster experts, professionals and specialists from across the globe to unite under one roof to discuss, develop and explore the latest strategies to better prepare, respond and recover from disasters.
Be sure to stop by the ECA booth, and attend the many presentations throughout the event. Mark Benthien (SCEC and ECA) will be presenting The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety: Prepare to Survive and Recover, in addition to talks by experts from FEMA, World Bank, NOAA and many more!
Don’t miss out – REGISTER today for your free ticket!

New ShakeOut Posters and Graphics

All ShakeOut posters and graphics for websites, emails, and social media have been updated for 2023!  Check out the ShakeOut Resources page to download or link to these, plus find drill manuals, powerpoints for leading in-person or online drills, and much more.  ShakeOut resources are also available in Spanish and many other languages.

Retrofit Grants for Older Homes

More than 1.2 million homes in high-seismic-hazard areas of California are particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage because of the way they were constructed. These homes were also built prior to 1980.

The California Residential Mitigation Program’s Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program offers grants up to $3,000 to help offset the cost of seismic retrofits for such homes. Income-eligible homeowners also may apply for grants that could provide up to 100 percent of the retrofit costs. 

Thanks to funding from FEMA that is administered by Cal OES, EBB grants last year were available to homeowners in 521 ZIP Codes. To date, more than 20,000 Californians have retrofitted their homes with grant funding from EBB.
To find out if you qualify and sign up to receive information about the next open registration period, visit EarthquakeBraceBolt.com.

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