Press Release

Elizabeth Shemaria (415) 940-3392
Red Cross Media Relations
Jason King (415) 973-5930
PG&E External Communications
Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
California Academy of Sciences


The former 49ers wide receiver and Olympic gold medalist to join the American Red Cross
and PG&E in San Francisco to help residents get a disaster game plan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 22, 2013) – Do you know what to do if a disaster strikes in your neighborhood?

On April 18, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of a continuing partnership and multi-year initiative called Ready Neighborhoods, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will help residents create a disaster preparedness game plan alongside former 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and public officials.

The front plaza of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park will become a disaster preparedness training ground as these local celebrities, along with Red Cross and PG&E volunteers, lead games and activities in disaster preparedness skills. People who attend this free event will also get free entrance to the Academy and its Earthquake exhibit that day. At the exhibit, people can experience a high-magnitude jolt inside an earthquake simulator and delve into the science of our dynamic planet.

All participants will get a preparedness kit and come away from the event with a plan for a disaster meeting place, a go-kit with food, water and other items, and other necessary tools to prepare for a disaster (while supplies last).

Learn more about the event at The Academy closes at 3 p.m. on April 18, with last entry at 2 p.m.

About Ready Neighborhoods
Ready Neighborhoods is an innovative multi-year initiative which launched in April 2011. It is designed to transform 50 neighborhoods into models of disaster readiness throughout the region. The goal is to ensure local residents and the organizations that serve them are equipped with the training, resources and networks necessary to effectively prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. This collaborative effort is led by individuals and organizations within each community, facilitated by the American Red Cross and supported with lead funding by PG&E.
The initiative has been at work in:
     • Alameda County: Hayward and Oakland (East Oakland)
     • Contra Costa County: Antioch and Pittsburg/Bay Point
     • Marin County: Marin City and Richardson’s Bay
     • San Francisco County: San Francisco (Bay View and Tenderloin)
     • San Mateo County: North Fair Oaks and Redwood City (North East Redwood City )
     • Solano County: Fairfield and Suisun City
With ongoing work in year one Ready Neighborhoods in all six Bay Area counties.

About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including fires, earthquakes, wildfires and other emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more.
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About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), and the PG&E Corporation Foundation strive to power strong communities throughout Northern and Central California. In 2011, PG&E contributed more than $23 million to more than 1,100 charitable organizations, including matching the generosity of employees who donated more than $5.3 million and volunteered over 32,000 hours to company-supported events. Community investments are funded entirely by shareholders. For more information, visit

About the California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a leading scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. It is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and research and education programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds on two of the most important topics of our time: life and its sustainability. Founded in 1853, the Academy’s mission is to explore, explain, and sustain life. Visit for more information.
Experience a high-magnitude jolt inside an earthquake simulator and delve into the science of our dynamic planet in the Earthquake exhibit.