Media Advisory: SFUSD Students Participate in Great California ShakeOut

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Media Advisory: SFUSD Students Participate in Great California ShakeOut

Media Advisory


Rosa Parks Elementary students will join thousands of other SFUSD students in the Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill, which occurs on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The purpose of the drill is to practice recommended safety procedures to take during an earthquake, and to assure our families that schools are a safe place to be during an emergency and we are doing our very best to protect their children.


Thursday, October 17 / 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
*Media, please arrive by 9:30 a.m. for set-up



Rosa Parks Elementary School / 1501 O'Farrell Street


Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:17 a.m. on October 17 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, which began in California in 2008. The ShakeOut drill emphasizes practice and preparation: knowing what to do before, during, and after an earthquake and preparing our homes, workplaces and schools for any type of an emergency. Schools, businesses and public facilities will be participating in the drill. For more information visit


Mayor London Breed

Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent of SFUSD

Mary Ellen Carroll, Director of the Department of Emergency Management

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott

San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson

Students and teachers


City officials and students practice and demonstrate the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill and evacuation of school building.


Page updated on 10/16/19