FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2014 International ShakeOut Day of Action is October 16. Nearly 25 million people are expected to participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquakes drills worldwide this year, including 2 million in the Southeast region which includes Washington, DC To mark the occasion and build awareness, several State and Federal organizations have partnered to call the public to action and prepare for the drill.
On October 14 in Washington, D.C., a ShakeOut press conference and media-tour of the “Designing for Disaster” exhibit will be held at the National Building Museum. At the press conference, members of the media and general public will learn more about:
- Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, occurring throughout the nation on 10/16
- New earthquake research and monitoring activities in D.C. and the eastern United States
- Lasting effects of the Aug. 2011, M5.8 Virginia earthquake, felt by nearly 100 million people
- Current State and Federal Government activities that are improving disaster preparedness and resiliency through public/private partnerships and by “Designing for Disaster”
Media are invited to interview executive level State and Federal Government officials, meet students who experienced the 2011 Virginia quake, shoot footage of a live seismic monitor and earthquake drill demonstration, and film the “Designing for Disaster” exhibit.
WHERE National Building Museum 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
WHEN October 14, 2014
Press Conference: 10:00AM to 10:30AM EDT (Media should arrive by 9:45AM)
Interviews, Demonstrations, and Tours: 10:30AM to Noon EDT
Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA
Suzette Kimball, Director, US Geological Survey
Chase W. Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum
Doug Straley, Asst. Superintendent of Administration, Louisa Co. (VA) School District
Brian Baker, Chief of Staff, District of Columbia Homeland Security and EMA
Mark Benthien, Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Global Coordinator,, Southern California Earthquake Center
Jim Wilkinson, Executive Director, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium
NOTES Media are encouraged to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; press packets will be available. Interviews and one-on-one filming will be allowed following the press conference.