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Great ShakeOut Toolkit (for FLCEs)

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Toolkit for Free-choice Learning Environments


The goal of this toolkit is to promote Free-Choice Learning Environments (FCLEs) such as museums, libraries, and park visitor center participation in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills and other exercises. This toolkit contains tools from several organizations invested in increasing earthquake resilience across the United States.

We are particularly interested in FCLEs because they are uniquely positioned participants of ShakeOut because they (1) have unique drill and earthquake response procedure challenges and (2) they are seen as trusted leaders in their community. FCLEs can use ShakeOut as an opportunity to set an example for their communities and teach about earthquake preparedness. This may be a pathway to more robust education initiatives as it relates to earthquake preparedness.

The following resource chart includes resources developed by the Earthquake Country Alliance, the U.S. Geological Survey ShakeAlert Project, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, UNAVCO, American Alliance of Museums, ResilientWorkplace, Southern California Earthquake Center, and Washington Emergency Management Division. Our intent is to increase public education and drills in order to increase procedural knowledge.

Resource Title Resource Type Resource Description Link
Internal Resources for Planning a Drill
Register to Participate Webpage Link to register your institution to participate in the Great ShakeOut
NEW! ShakeAlert® Tests, Drills and Exercises Toolkit Toolkit Guidance developed by the USGS for incorporating earthquake early warning (EEW) into training activities, including the Great ShakeOut. ShakeAlert_Tes tsDrillsandExercises_ Toolkit_August2022.pdf
Drill Guidances for Non Profit Organizations Manual Specific earthquake guidance for NonProfits participating in ShakeOut /downloads/ShakeOut DrillManualNonProfitOr gs_v2.pdf
Drill Guidances for Businesses Manual Specific earthquake guidance for businesses participating in ShakeOut /downloads/ShakeOut DrillManualBusinesses_v2.pdf
ShakeOut Drill Guidance for All Other Organizations Manual Specific earthquake guidance for all other organizations ds/ShakeOut_Drill_ Guidance_Organizations.pptx
NEW! Powerpoints for leading ShakeOut Drills (Online or In-Person) Manual & Guidances Drill planning and educational resources
Developing a disaster plan Manual/Online Guide American Alliance of Museums reference guide for developing a disaster preparedness and emergency response plan uploads/2017/12/Developing-a-Disaster-Plan-2018.pdf
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Manual/Regional drill guidances Drills organized by region
Audio and Video Broadcast Resources Audio recordings and videos These resources could be played during drills and provide relevant instructions
Messages, Graphics, and other resources Video, Audio, Graphics, GIFs, Media contact Resources intended to support the promotion of earthquake preparedness
Social Media Graphics Graphic Collection of downloadable promotional graphics nodate/banners/index.html
Social Media Banners Graphics Collection of downloadable promotional graphics intended to be used as banners on insititiution’s websites and/or social media profiles nodate/banners/index.html
ShakeOut Museums, Libraries, and Parks Flyer Details of how FCLEs can plan an earthquake drill, prepare for earthquakes and how to share the experience of ShakeOut ShakeOut_Global_NoDate _museumslibrariesparks.pdf
Collection of ShakeOut Flyers Flyer Brief and colorful flyers (i.e “Join us”, “Get Ready”, “What to do if”) nodate/banners/index.html
Social Media Banners Graphics Collection of downloadable promotional graphics intended to be used as banners on insititiution’s websites and/or social media profiles index.html
Earthquake Preparedness Guide for Seniors, People with Disabilities, and Others with Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Document Highlight key questions to consider when developing earthquake emergency plans to include people with disabilities and specific access and functional needs ShakeOut_Earthquake_ Guide_Disabilities_AFN.pdf
Key Earthquake Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs Document Briefly explains how to adapt drop, cover, and hold to various situations ShakeOut_Earthquake_Tips_ Disabilities_AFN.pdf
Recommended Protective Actions (DCHO) Document Details what protective actions are best to take in a wide variety of scenarios, to include in a classroom, in a store, in bed etc. ShakeOut_Recommended_Earth quake_Safety_Actions.pdf
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Options for Government Agency Participation and Outreach Document This is included bc some FCLEs are connected to or managed by Government agencies ShakeOut_Government_ Participation_Options.pdf
Countdown to Shakeout for Organizations Flyer Step by step outline for how organizations can plan drills CountdownToShakeOut_ Organizations.pdf
Resilient WorkPlace Web Page Details approaches to create more disaster resilient workplaces
Suggested Social Media Content (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) Web Page Includes potential posts to be adapted by org interested in promotion ShakeOut/socialmedia/
ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Education Sector Toolkit Digital Library (google drive) Details how earthquake early warning works and how ShakeAlert could be implemented in various centers of education u/0/folders/1ZvKSmjTSf BaDFxSumK-BiFVDLaPDgp62
External Resources for Preparedness Education
Earthquake safety video series Video Collection of videos that detail potential earthquake scenarios and advised protective actions v=GSDmqLQmMN0&list= PLs1gMujRSBY2t7JB4VS- AymFwN-6Lvg20
Earthquake Preparedness: Where do I even begin? Video EMD animation on how to think about preparedness preparedness_journey
7 Steps to Earthquake Safety Flyer 1-page summary of the 7 steps to earthquake safety library/Seven_Steps_ Flyers_English.pdf
Earthquake Early Warning Education and Training Materials Webpage (animations, videos, gifs, lesson plans) Comprehensive suite of education and training materials used to explain how and why earthquake hazards persist across the west coast of the United States epo/shake_alert
Earthquakes as Teachable Moments Webpage/Online data displays Customizable tools used to communicate about historical earthquakes
Additional resources
Ready Website More support in crafting emergency response plans
Resilient WorkPlace Website Collection of resources used to increase workplace safety and resilience following disaster

Stay involved by joining the EPIcenter Network:

EPIcenter is a collection of free-choice learning communities and educators that promote earthquake and tsunami preparedness and mitigation in their respective communities.

Follow the conversations:

Earthquake Country Alliance: @ECA

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills: @ShakeOut

ShakeAlert: @USGS_ShakeAlert



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