Sacramento, California - The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is hosting its annual emergency preparedness event for the whole family that encourages Californians to take the necessary steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.

This free, educational event will feature interactive demonstrations and activities, as well as emergency readiness tutorials from local, state, federal and private sector representatives. Participants will have the opportunity to experience an 8.0 earthquake in the Quake Cottage simulator. Other contributors include the Sacramento Sheriff's Drowning Assistance Rescue Team (DART), 911 for Kids, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and more! This year's Day of Preparedness is sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Last year's 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa, as well as the ongoing drought and increased wildfire danger are reminders that natural and human-caused emergencies can have a life-altering affect on residents of the communities where they occur. This event is another opportunity for Cal OES and its partners to provide the public with information that could help reduce California communities' risk of death, injury and property losses in disasters, as well as commemorate National Preparedness Month.