Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

The Great California ShakeOut

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
February 25, 2014

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

THE GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT

I encourage you to meet your school or district earthquake drill requirements by participating in this year’s Great California ShakeOut on October 16, 2014. The first step is to renew or register your school or district today on the Great California ShakeOut Web page at http://www.shakeout.org/california.

The ShakeOut is designed to provide a sense of urgency about earthquakes and to encourage people, organizations, schools, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

Last year, more than 9.6 million Californians practiced “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and other safety procedures as part of the ShakeOut drill. Students and staff in more than 460 districts and more than 750 private schools accounted for 6.1 million of these participants! Broad school participation inspires businesses, organizations, government agencies, and individuals throughout the state to participate.

Registered participants will be given detailed information for their drills. The California Department of Education (CDE) has worked with many partners to create age-appropriate resources for planning drills, promoting participation, teaching about earthquakes and preparedness, and educating families. You can find these resources on the ShakeOut “How Schools Can Participate” Web page at http://www.shakeout.org/california/schools.

The ShakeOut is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance. Members include the CDE, Southern California Earthquake Center, U.S. Geological Survey, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, American Red Cross, California Earthquake Authority, California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, State Farm, county offices of education, and many others.

If you have any questions regarding the Great California ShakeOut, please contact Mark Benthien, Executive Director, Earthquake Country Alliance, by phone at 213-740-1560 or by e-mail at info@shakeout.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:sp
2014-01443

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Recently Posted in Editorials & Letters

  • November is Sikh Awareness Month (added 20-Oct-2017)
    November is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month
  • The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (added 19-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.
  • Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care (added 13-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding educational stability requirements for students in foster care.
  • The 2018 CAAASA Summit (added 09-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2018 California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators Professional Development (CAAASA) Summit.
  • The Race to Submit Initiative (added 05-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the Race to Submit campaign.

  • Collaboration in Common (added 04-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Collaboration in Common, which is an online professional learning community and resource exchange platform for all California educators.
  • CA New Accountability System & System of Support (added 02-Oct-2017)
    California's New Accountability System & System of Support: Dashboard rollout
  • 2017 CalEd Grant Initiative (updated 29-Sep-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Commission On Teacher Credentialing CalEd Grant Initiative.
  • Digital Citizenship Week is Oct. 16-20 (added 29-Sep-2017)
    Fall Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-20, 2017
  • 2017 California STEAM Symposium (added 21-Sep-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the 2017 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Symposium.