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Earthquake Prevention and Preparedness in California

"Preparedness Now" short film

Up-and-coming film director, motion graphics designer and Art Center College of Design alumnus, Theo Alexopoulos, takes you on a visceral journey through the USGS 2008 ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario. This current version is adapted from the original created for The Great Southern California ShakeOut (reference to Nov. 13, 2008 has been removed). The film was created by the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project in cooperation with the Designmatters program at Art Center to depict the physical, social, and economic consequences of the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created. The film gives the viewers a sense of what will be happening and inspires them to prepare and mitigate for a faster recovery. The premise underlying the film is that design is a powerful catalyst that can bridge the divide between scientific understanding about damaging quakes, and the ability of the public to feel empowered and to change their behavior in terms of preparedness.

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ShakeOut Drill Broadcast

Audio and Video recordings created to provide instructions during your Drop, Cover, Hold On drill.


ShakeOut Public Service Announcements (UPDATED FOR 2009)

View on the California ShakeOut YouTube Channel:



The materials below for the 2008 Great Southern California Shakeout will not be updated, though some may be relevant elsewhere.)

Southern San Andreas Scenario Shaking Simulation Video


Youtube Videos about the 2008 ShakeOut:

Dr. Lucy Jones: What is the ShakeOut?

Dr. Lucy Jones: Origin of the ShakeOut?

Dr. Lucy Jones: Changing the Culture of Preparedness

Dr. Lucy Jones: ShakeOut Goal

Dr. Lucy Jones: Earthquake Safe Actions

Dr. Lucy Jones: About the USGS Multi-Hazard Initiative


2008 ShakeOut Presentations

Dr. Lucy Jones: "Creating a Culture of Preparedness," Sept. 15, 2008, Beverly Hills.
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Recording of Dr. Lucy Jones' August 27 ShakeOut webinar now available (PC only) (Sponsored by 3n)

Recorded webcast of August 13 San Bernardino County ShakeOut Associates Kickoff Meeting
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The Great Nevada ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!