Earthquake Warning California Education Sectors (K – 12) Toolkit

 

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) invites Californians and visitors to join the Earthquake Warning California’s “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” earthquake early warning awareness campaign.

Earthquakes can and will happen throughout California. Earthquake Warning California provides free tools — the MyShake App, Android Earthquake Alerts, and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) — to supplement existing resources and give users a few extra moments to take cover and warn others before an earthquake. Understanding how to recognize alerts and what to do when receiving a warning is critical.

Cal OES is urging schools, administrators, teachers, and parents to help spread the word about the importance of being earthquake prepared, understand the capabilities of Earthquake Warning California, and know what to do when an earthquake warning is issued.

To receive monthly updates on earthquake preparedness news, events, technology, and other resources, sign up for our e-newsletter at earthquake.ca.gov.

The following information can be tailored and shared with students, faculty, parents, and others via newsletters, social media posts, and email blasts. For questions email earthquakeinfo@caloes.ca.gov.

Newsletter Language

Use the language below to copy/paste and share with school audiences through newsletters or other communications. Please feel free to tailor or personalize it as needed.

For Teachers and School Staff

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Did You Know? Most Californians say they are very or somewhat knowledgeable about the steps they can take to prepare for a natural disaster such as an earthquake, yet 60% remain highly concerned about the potential impact of a disaster on their household. To ensure all Californians are prepared, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) recently launched the “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign to promote awareness of critical earthquake warning resources available at no-cost through Earthquake Warning California.

Earthquake Warning California’s “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign is a statewide education effort to help the public learn about earthquake warning tools and resources. Cal OES, in collaboration with the California Integrated Seismic Network Partners from United States Geological Survey (USGS), University of California – Berkeley (UCB), California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), and California Geological Survey (CGS)  launched the nation’s first State Earthquake Early Warning System in October of 2019. The system uses ground motion sensors and sensors in smartphones to detect an earthquake before humans can feel it and issues a ShakeAlert® Message in real time so they can take cover before shaking happens. An earthquake warning can provide additional life-saving seconds for people to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Earthquake Warning California resources include:

  • Information about constructing an emergency plan
  • How to protect yourself and your family before, during and after an earthquake
  • Android Earthquake Alerts developed in partnership with Cal OES and USGS
  • The MyShake App — a smartphone app developed in partnership with Cal OES and UC Berkeley that can provide users with a few seconds of notification that shaking is about to occur
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) — free notifications delivered to cell phones in emergency situations
  • Information for education sectors to plan for life-saving actions in the event of an alert, such as safely slowing mass transit systems, powering down equipment, or bringing elevators to an emergency stop
  • Links to the California Integrated Seismic Network Partners for additional technical and system information

When you receive a warning or feel shaking, you should take protective actions (drop to the ground, cover your head with your arms, and hold onto your neck with both hands) until shaking stops, avoiding doorways and windows.

Teachers and school staff can help students and others on campus to stay safe by downloading the MyShake App or enabling Android Earthquake Alerts and WEAs, and ensuring they are familiar with how to receive warnings and respond to them. Seconds are valuable, they can allow people to take lifesaving actions. Location services must be “always on” for the technology to connect to nearby ground sensors. School leaders should consider teaching older students how to use the technology on their own personal mobile devices, incorporate earthquake warnings into classroom disaster drills, and adapt drills for students that are learning from home. By being prepared ahead of time, California hopes to reduce the devastating impact of earthquakes and keep Californians and visitors safe.

To learn which resources are available and how to react, visit www.earthquake.ca.gov. There, you can also sign up for Earthquake Warning California monthly e-newsletter with the latest news and information about California’s earthquake warning system.

For Parents

 Did You Know? Most Californians say they are very or somewhat knowledgeable about the steps they can take to prepare for a natural disaster such as an earthquake, yet 60% remain highly concerned about the potential impact of a disaster on their household. To ensure all Californians are prepared, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) recently launched the “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign to promote awareness of critical earthquake warning resources available at no-cost through Earthquake Warning California.

Earthquake Warning California’s “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign is a statewide education effort to help the public learn about earthquake warning tools and resources. Cal OES, in collaboration with the California Integrated Seismic Network Partners from United States Geological Survey (USGS), University of California – Berkeley (UCB), California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), and California Geological Survey (CGS) launched the nation’s first State Earthquake Early Warning System in October of 2019. The system uses ground motion sensors and sensors in smartphones to detect an earthquake before humans can feel it and issues a ShakeAlert® Message in real time so they can take cover before shaking happens. An earthquake warning can provide additional life-saving seconds for people to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Earthquake Warning California resources include:

  • Information about constructing an emergency plan
  • How to protect yourself and your family before, during and after an earthquake
  • Android Earthquake Alerts developed in partnership with Cal OES and USGS
  • The MyShake App — a smartphone app developed in partnership with Cal OES and UC Berkeley that can provide users with a few seconds of notification that shaking is about to occur
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) — free notifications delivered to cell phones in emergency situations
  • Information for education sectors to plan for life-saving actions in the event of an alert, such as safely slowing mass transit systems, powering down equipment, or bringing elevators to an emergency stop
  • Links to the California Integrated Seismic Network Partners for additional technical and system information

Parents can help students and their family members stay safe by downloading the MyShake App and ensuring they are familiar with how to receive warnings and respond to them. Location services must be “always on” for the technology to connect to nearby ground sensors. Consider implementing Earthquake Warning California tools to your own personal mobile devices and incorporate earthquake warnings into at-home disaster drills. By being prepared ahead of time, California hopes to reduce the devastating impact of earthquakes and keep Californians and visitors safe.

To learn which resources are available to you and how to react, visit www.earthquake.ca.gov. There, you can also sign up for Earthquake Warning California monthly e-newsletter with the latest news and information about California’s earthquake warning system.

Social Media (Graphics)

The following can be tailored and used on school social media pages or by other organizations to help spread awareness about Earthquake Warning California resources. Hashtags (#) help others looking for information to see trending posts, while using the @ symbol tags other organizations (use @Cal_OES for Twitter and @CaliforniaOES for Facebook).

  • Are you #earthquake prepared 🍎? Visit earthquake.ca.gov and learn about earthquake warnings via the #MyShake App, #AndroidAlerts, and #WEA
  • Disaster readiness is an important lesson for kids of all ages 👨‍🎓 👩‍🎓 Be sure your family knows what to do in an event of an #earthquake with free @Cal_OES resources: earthquake.ca.gov
  • The #MyShake App, #AndroidAlerts, and #WEA are three ways to receive an #earthquake warning, giving students extra time to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Check out #EarthquakeWarningCA at earthquake.ca.gov
  • @Cal_OES warns California families, “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard.” Check out free resources from #EarthquakeWarningCA to help keep students, staff, and families safe at earthquake.ca.gov
  • #Earthquake Preparedness Checklist:
  1. Visit earthquake.ca.gov 🖥️
  2. Learn about earthquake warnings from the #MyShake App, #AndroidAlerts, and #WEA
  3. Ensure emergency warnings are enabled on phones 📱
  4. Add earthquake warnings to your emergency plan
  5. Spread the word! 📣

E-Blast Language

The following can be copy/pasted into an email for internal staff communications.

Are your students prepared for an earthquake?

Earthquake Warning California’s “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign is a statewide education effort to help the public learn about earthquake warning tools and resources. Cal OES, in collaboration with the California Integrated Seismic Network Partners from United States Geological Survey (USGS), University of California – Berkeley (UCB), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and California Geological Survey (CGS)  launched the nation’s first State Earthquake Early Warning System in October of 2019. The system uses ground motion sensors and sensors in smartphones to detect an earthquake before humans can feel it and issues a ShakeAlert® Message in real time so they can take cover before shaking happens. An earthquake warning can provide additional life-saving seconds for people to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Earthquake Warning California resources include:

  • Information about constructing an emergency plan
  • How to protect yourself and your family before, during and after an earthquake
  • Android Earthquake Alerts developed in partnership with Cal OES and USGS
  • The MyShake App — a smartphone app developed in partnership with Cal OES and UC Berkeley that can provide users with a few seconds of notification that shaking is about to occur
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) — free notifications delivered to cell phones in emergency situations
  • Information for education sectors to plan for life-saving actions in the event of an alert, such as safely slowing mass transit systems, powering down equipment, or bringing elevators to an emergency stop
  • Links to the California Integrated Seismic Network Partners for additional technical and system information

We encourage our teachers and school staff to visit earthquake.ca.gov to learn about California’s earthquake warning system resources and how to use them. For teachers, consider teaching students and parents about the warning system and how to help their family take cover in an emergency. School leaders can also sign up to receive regular partner e-newsletters with the latest news and information about earthquake warnings, new materials, virtual presentations, social media posts and other resources.

For more information, visit earthquake.ca.gov or email earthquakeinfo@caloes.ca.gov.