Sunnylands’ Annual ‘ShakeOut’ event offers information on how to prepare for an emergency

October 14, 2019


Oct. 14, 2019

CONTACT: Ken Chavez 760-202-2266

Sunnylands’ Annual ‘ShakeOut’ event offers information on how to prepare for an emergency

RANCHO MIRAGE – Along with thousands of organizations throughout the state, Sunnylands is inviting the public to learn about the importance of emergency preparedness as part of The Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 17.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon, various community organizations and school groups will be at Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage to share information on the preparations residents need to make in the event of a major earthquake or other natural disaster.

At 10:17 a.m., corresponding with other drills around the Coachella Valley and the state, guests and staff at Sunnylands will participate in an earthquake drill that will interrupt all Sunnylands activities for 15 minutes.  An alarm, public announcements, and Sunnylands staff will guide guests through the drill and to nearby evacuation areas. Immediately after the drill, tours and programming will resume.

Participants and activities include:

  • An earthquake preparedness game on the Great Lawn with students from Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Palm Desert.
  • Palm Desert High School medical students practicing triage procedures and talking to the public about their program.
  • Students from Rancho Mirage High School’s culinary academy presenting an emergency food plan they created, including a menu, shopping list, and storage safety for 10 days.
  • Animal Samaritans sharing information on how to prepare for an earthquake if you have pets.
  • The Rancho Mirage Community Emergency Response Team discussing its emergency response program, and distributing its “Rocket Rules” activity books that offer safety information for children.
  • Southern California Edison sharing information on emergency preparations.
  • Students from Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Palm Desert presenting projects on the science of earthquakes.

Families are encouraged to participate. Programming is appropriate for home-schoolers. For more information, please contact the education department at 760.202.2264 or

Admission to Sunnylands Center & Gardens, located at 37977 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, is free.

Media interested in covering The Great California ShakeOut at Sunnylands should contact Ken Chavez at (760) 202-2266.

About The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and Sunnylands Center & Gardens, is a nonprofit operating entity. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands hosts high-level retreats that address serious issues facing the nation and the world, including the 2013 meeting between President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China. Sunnylands also offers programs through Sunnylands Center & Gardens to educate the public about the history of Sunnylands, its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices.