CUSEC News & Events
The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), in partnership with the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), has recently launched a unique mapping and analysis tool—the ShakeOut Participation Dashboard. The dashboard depicts nationwide participation rates among K-12 students in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, relative to the number of students enrolled in K-12 public schools. It is designed to be used by school districts, school safety officers, county and state emergency management, state departments of education, and other preparedness stakeholders in their efforts to improve earthquake safety in schools.
The ShakeOut Participation Dashboard is a GIS-based tool to help those involved in school safety improve ShakeOut participation rates among K-12 students.
The purpose of the tool is to identify areas—especially those with moderate or higher seismic hazard levels—where participation may be improved or additional outreach needs to occur. The dashboard uses drill registration data from ShakeOut.org, student enrollment statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, and geologic hazard information from the U.S. Geological Survey. ShakeOut registration data is updated on a daily basis within the dashboard. When clicking on a county to see student participation rates, users can also apply filters to show rates by year or at the state or FEMA Region level. Although no software is required to use the tool, it is best viewed on a desktop or laptop internet browser.
The ShakeOut Participation Dashboard can be accessed at: https://arcg.is/1CKeWe
A brief video tutorial, showing how to use the dashboard can be viewed below or on Vimeo.
Funding support for this project was provided through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, with additional support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.
Following FEMA’s “National Preparedness Month” in September, individuals and communities throughout the Nation are encouraged to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut International Day of Action is set for Thursday, October 15. During the self-led drill, millions of people practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. For most people, in most situations, the recommended earthquake safety action is to:
According to CUSEC Executive Director Jim Wilkinson, “Although we have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way, the threat of an earthquake in the central and eastern U.S. looms. The recent earthquake in North Carolina is a reminder that this is the case. Citizens can learn how to protect themselves, their families, and businesses against earthquakes and other disasters by participating in preparedness and safety events such as Great ShakeOut Drills and National Preparedness Month.”
The ShakeOut is free and open to the public, and participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to join the drill by registering to participate www.shakeout.org. Once registered, participants receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
In 2019, more than 50 million people participated in ShakeOut drills nationwide.
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is being coordinated by CUSEC and our Member and Associate States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and dozens of other partners. ShakeOut is coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center in Los Angeles, California.
Every state and community needs to be prepared and focused on the resilience of their organization and their neighbors. EARTH EX 2020 is a unique (and FREE) web-based exercise and training opportunity specifically designed to provide organizations and individuals with a chance to build resilience and achieve a higher level of collaboration and preparedness.
Now in it’s fourth year, Earth Ex 2020 will focus on the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and cyber threats to shared critical infrastructure. EARTH EX is free, self-facilitated, and self-evaluated. There are seven Functional Areas to choose from, with one specifically for Individuals and Families, suitable for everyone to play.
This year you can register to play multiple lanes. To register for EARTH EX go to https://www.eiscouncil.org/EarthEx.aspx.
Special note: Phase three of EARTH EX is an open opportunity to contribute to work being done on resilience in all the primary critical infrastructure areas regarding lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Add your voice and your thoughts on shaping future resilience initiatives and learn more about the Global Resilience Commission. Register to play and share your ideas.