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ShakeOut in Free-Choice Learning Environments: How to Host a High Magnitude Event in Your Community

August 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


ShakeOut in Museums, Libraries, Park Visitor Centers, Science Centers, and other Free-Choice Learning Environments: How to Host a High Magnitude Event in Your Community

On October 20, 2022, millions of people will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great ShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake drill ever! Your institution is a perfect place to host ShakeOut activities for your visitors, staff, and local community because:

  • Free Choice Learning Environments (FCLEs) are considered some of the most reliable sources of information, even more so than schools and other formal researchers FCLEs are uniquely positioned to increase “hazard literacy” in communities, as they are often focused on place-based, locally relevant learning. [e.g., Groninger, 2016; American Alliance of Museums, 2018; Allison, 2019].
  • Public education and drills are important to increasing procedural knowledge (e.g. muscle memory). FCLEs allow for cross generational learning, as these organizations educate people outside of traditional educational institutions. This critical learning can help caregivers and parents support children take the correct protective actions. [McBride et al., 2019]

Topics covered during this webinar:

  • Learn about the ShakeOut Toolkit full of off-the-shelf resources!
  • Hear from colleagues at other institutions who participate in ShakeOut.
  • Learn about how you can network with other FCLEs to promote earthquake readiness by being a part of the EPIcenter Network.
  • If your institution is in California, Oregon, or Washington learn about how you can integrate ShakeAlert® earthquake early warning into your ShakeOut activities.
  • And much more!


Picture of Dr. Robert de Groot
Dr. Robert de Groot – ECA EPIcenter Committee Chair and USGS ShakeAlert® Communication, Education, Outreach and Technical Engagement Coordinator

Introduction to EPIcenter Network

Picture of Mariah Jenkins


Mariah Jenkins – USGS ShakeAlert® Research and Operations Assistant

Why ShakeOut at a Free Choice Learning Environment

Picture of Dr. Samuel Cornelius Nyarko


Dr. Samuel Cornelius Nyarko – Postdoc Researcher, Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Trade Books As Free Choice Learning Resources: Implications for ShakeOut Education

Picture of Jenny Crayne Jenny Crayne – Inclusion and Engagement Specialist, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

ShakeOut Toolkit for FCLEs and Science Education Activities



Workshop Video Recording (Youtube; also view below)

Workshop Presentation Slides (PDF; some content shared live by presenters may not be not included)

Select links mentioned during the workshop (PDF)

Brief survey (Please complete after viewing the workshop (live or recorded)

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QUESTIONS: info@earthquakecountry.org


August 2, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Online (Zoom)