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These locations, grouped by state, are appropriate for news media to attend to cover the ShakeOut (click on a venue for details):


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QuakeSmart Business Summit

Event location:American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Ave. Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

Contact Person:Barbara Harrison, FLASH,, 850-385-7223

Date/Time:October 20, 2016, 9 am - 3 pm

Short Summary:QuakeSmart earthquake mitigation and preparedness summit for businesses.


#EQChat - a TweetChat with @RedCross, @ShakeOut, and @PrepareAthon


Contact Person:Jason Ballmann, Southern California Earthquake Center,

Date/Time:October 15, 2014, 12 - 1 pm

Short Summary:Join us with #EQ Chat for a TweetChat about earthquake safety and ask your own questions too! The American Red Cross, Farmer’s Insurance, PrepareAthon, and ShakeOut will be tweeting live at 3 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 15th.


The Great ShakeOut

Event location:Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond Campus
8141 Hull Street Rd, N. Chesterfield, VA 23235

Contact Person:Kristie E. Patrick-Austin RN, Bryant & Stratton College -Richmond Campus,, 804 745 2444 ext. 378

Date/Time:October 17, 2013, 1006 - 1007 pm

Short Summary:Thirty Safety Committee members viewed a short video ( and practiced, "Stop, Drop, and Cover" drill. Students a....


Washington D.C. ShakeOut Drill - Media Event

Event location:Butler Bilingual Community Charter School
5 Thomas Circle NW , 5 Thomas Circle NW , Washington, DC 20005

Contact Person:Robyn Johnson, DC Homeland Security and EMA,, 202-481-3010

Date/Time:October 18, 2012, 9:30 - 10:45 am

Short Summary:Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, experts from the
United States Geological Survey, as well as representatives from FEMS, DC Homeland Security and others will join the
students and faculty at Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School – Odessa and Wilson Butler
Campus (Butler School) as they participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 18, 2012.

South Carolina


Great SouthEast ShakeOut South Carolina

Event location:South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Contact Person:Derrec Becker, South Carolina Emergency Management Division,, 803-737-8500

Date/Time:October 18, 2012, 10 - 11:30 am

Short Summary:Join SCEMD at the SC State Museum to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut.


Walking Earthquake Tour at the College of Charleston

Event location:College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics Building Atrium
202 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Date/Time:October 17 - 18, 2012

Short Summary:Take a trip back to 1886 in Charleston, SC



Media Event: Preparing for Future Earthquakes

Event location:Langston Hughes Middle School
11401 Ridge Heights Road, Reston, VA 20191

Contact Person:Jessica Robertson, US Geological Survey,, 703-648-6624

Date/Time:October 18, 2012, 9:30 - 11 am

Short Summary:Media are invited to join USGS Director Marcia McNutt and students at Langston Hughes Middle School as they participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. Presentations will follow from the USGS and FEMA on earthquake hazards and preparedness.


Employee Safety Meeting

Event location:Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236

Contact Person:Laura Southard, Virginia Department of Emergency Management,, (804) 897-9732

Date/Time:October 18, 2012, 10 - 10:30 am

Short Summary:VDEM Employee Earthquake Safety Meeting

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The Great SouthEast ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!