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Learn & Prepare

SCEC’s Communication, Education, and Outreach (CEO) program creates and delivers information and resources to the general public, government agencies, the broader geoscience community, engineers, students, businesses, and the media. SCEC CEO addresses the third element of SCEC’s missionCommunicate understanding of earthquake phenomena to the world at large as useful knowledge for reducing earthquake risk and improving community resilience.

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety


SCEC CEO is organized into two interconnected focus areas spanning six focus areas:

  • Public Education and Preparedness informs broad audiences about earthquakes and how to improve resilience via four main programs: annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills involve millions of people worldwide in learning about earthquake hazards and how to reduce losses, while practicing self-protective actions; the Earthquake Country Alliance is a partnership of organizations and advocates that promote earthquake and tsunami education, mitigation, and preparedness; Science, Risk and Crisis Communication coordinates media relations, social media engagement, and interactions with practicing engineers and other decision makers; and the highly-rated Quake Heroes documentary (featuring stories from the 1994 Northridge earthquake and advancements in earthquake science and policy) will motivate preparedness actions at large community events, trainings, museums, and schools nationwide.
  • Experiential Learning and Career Advancement provides research opportunities, networking, and other resources to support students and early career researchers/scientists to enhance diversity in STEM fields, via two main programs: the Undergraduate Internships Program, which has provided rewarding research experiences to more than 700 undergraduates since 1994, and Transitions Program, which vigorously promotes workforce diversity by providing students and early-career scientists with resources and mentoring at major steps in their careers.


The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety