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.