Press Release

NEWS: Earthquakes, Cal OES Team Up to Help Californians Stay Earthquake Safe


SAN JOSE, Calif. – Enhancing California’s enduring efforts to keep communities safe from earthquakes, the San Jose Earthquakes and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have partnered to increase preparedness for communities and businesses statewide.

The partnership is aimed at promoting the state’s Earthquake Early Warning System, in addition to community engagement programs and educational activations for fans.

Cal OES and the Earthquakes will be launching their partnership during California Clasico on July 1 at Stanford Stadium. This legendary rivalry MLS game is a perfect time for families to ride a shake trailer that simulates the intensity of an 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

“We are excited to kick off this ground shaking partnership,” said Cal OES Director Nancy Ward. “Together we can build a more resilient community on and off the pitch that helps Californians stay safe from earthquakes.”

“We look forward to partnering with Cal OES starting this Saturday at the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium,” said Earthquakes President Jared Shawlee. “With Cal OES’ support, Quakes fans and our local communities will be able to learn about the importance of earthquake safety at our home games, starting this weekend.”

As part of the partnership, the Quakes will promote earthquake preparedness in a variety of ways:

  • In game signage
  • Public Service announcements in English and Spanish
  • Creative Content with Players
  • Pre and post-game experiences to ride on a state-of-the-art Shake Trailer
  • Quakes’ prize packages when downloading the app

Engaging with fans, the Quakes will promote earthquake preparedness educational content with players, to help families practice the life-saving steps – drop, cover and hold on – so they can take actions to stay safe and host the Cal OES earthquake simulator at several games throughout the season. Cal OES will also partner with Team 408, the club’s small business program to educate local small businesses in the Quakes community.

Promoted through the Earthquake Warning California campaign, Cal OES is home to the California Earthquake Early Warning System. With more than 2.6 million downloads, the MyShake App detects significant earthquakes quickly so alerts can notify Californians to take protective actions when seismic activity is occurring at their location.

Cal OES is home to Earthquake Warning California, the state’s earthquake warning system. This intricate system uses the latest technology, including smartphone applications, operating system features and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to provide individuals with an earthquake warning as soon as shaking is detected by ground motion monitoring in California.

About CalOES:

Cal OES serves as the state’s lead emergency management agency, including responding, directing, and coordinating state and federal resources and mutual aid assets across all regions to support communities across the state.