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ShakeOut Podcast 2013

A worldwide earthquake drill, known as the Great ShakeOut, will be held on Thursday,
October 17 at 10:17AM local time. The drill is your chance to practice how to protect
yourself in the event of an earthquake. Mike Blanpied, the Associate Program Coordinator
for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, and Mark Benthien, the Director of
Communication, Education and Outreach with the Southern California Earthquake Center
and coordinator of the Great ShakeOut worldwide, have come to discuss the importance of
earthquake preparedness.

Date Taken: October 8, 2013
Location Taken: US

Ethan Alpern: Hello and welcome to USGS CoreCast. I’m your host, Ethan Alpern. A
worldwide earthquake drill, known as the Great ShakeOut, will be held on Thursday,
October 17 at 10:17AM local time. You are all invited to sign up and participate. The drill is
your chance to practice how to protect yourself in the event of an earthquake.
To give us some details on ShakeOut, we are joined today by two guests. First is Mike
Blanpied, the Associate Program Coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.
Our second guest is Mark Benthien, the Director of Communication, Education and
Outreach with the Southern California Earthquake Center, also referred to as SCEC. Mark
also coordinates the Great ShakeOut worldwide. Welcome, Mike and Mark. Thanks for
joining us.
Mike Blanpied: Great to be here.
Mark Benthien: Ethan, thanks for having us.
Ethan Alpern: Mike, what is ShakeOut and why is this drill so important?
Mike Blanpied: Well ShakeOut is the opportunity to learn and prepare how to stay safe
during an earthquake. Earthquakes spring upon us at any time. We never know that they’re
about to hit. The key component of the ShakeOut is a drop, cover, and hold on exercise. So
at 10:17, we will pretend that an earthquake is just beginning to hit, and that’s the moment
to dive underneath a desk, a table, or another strong object to keep yourself safe in case
things fall down.
One can go beyond the drop, cover, and hold exercise and practice how an organization, or
a family, or a business can react both during an earthquake and then afterwards. How do

Ethan Alpern: Mark. your room. where earthquakes happen frequently or can be quite large.people stay in touch? Where should people go? What supplies need to be kept on hand. your home. but even if you’re not in one of these regions you can still register on the website to participate and be counted in the global toll. we’re all prepared. Ethan Alpern: Mike. so that when an earthquake does happen. it’s certainly possible that you might travel one day to California or somewhere else where there can be a large earthquake while you’re there.S. Now most of these will participate in what we call. get under the table. why should people who don’t live in earthquake-prone regions participate in ShakeOut? Mark Benthien: I really believe that everyone. You can go to www. and so we know what to do without thinking next time. where is ShakeOut and how can we participate? Mark Benthien: In 2013. While you might not live in earthquake country. they’ll see on the news. as well as other countries. what makes ShakeOut different than other earthquake preparedness drills? Mark Benthien: The social science research says that people are more likely to get prepared when they see other people get prepared or when they talk with other people about their to see the different regions. We’ve really been trying to put that in the practice of ShakeOut by having it something big that everybody will talk about. and so forth? All of this can be practiced now. like running out of buildings during earthquakes or just not doing anything that’s going to protect you from the things that are falling. Ethan Alpern: Mike.shakeout. know that you’re going to fit there. what is the USGS involvement in ShakeOut? . they’ll see people doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing. And the purpose of ShakeOut is to give you that opportunity to practice because then you’re more likely to respond appropriately when an earthquake happens. And also this drill gives you an opportunity to look around your office. immediately get under that desk. everywhere should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes. “ShakeOut regions” and that includes 43 states and territories in the U. that things won’t fall down on you? Ethan Alpern: Mark. Ethan Alpern: Mark. You want to be able to know where to go. Where are these things that might fall down? Is there something you can do to make your space safer so that when an earthquake does happen. why should we all be excited to ShakeOut? Mike Blanpied: When an earthquake drill happens we get to practice. we expect more than 20 million people to participate worldwide.

Mark Benthien: 2014 is also the anniversary of two historic and very important earthquakes in California—the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco region and also the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Southern California. we anticipate there being more than 20 million people involved in ShakeOut worldwide. This year. do you have any other comments about ShakeOut? Mark Benthien: What’s really making ShakeOut a success is that many organizations are coming together to work. we had more than 19. and many others in an emergency preparedness exercise. We have the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Mike Blanpied: Well. USGS of course.2 earthquake and the second biggest earthquake we’ve ever known about. The USGS and other organizations are collaborating on a number of activities. and in other countries. and also spawned a tsunami that crossed the Pacific causing damage in Northern California and elsewhere. the USGS led development of a comprehensive scenario for a large earthquake. That was a magnitude 9. We also want to. and preparedness information and exercises.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas. That earthquake caused quite a bit of damage to the city of Anchorage. the support of . and schools. Until 2012. all 1800 people in this building will be participating in a drop. new science drills. and your goals for the future? Mark Benthien: The first Shakeout was held in 2008 in Southern California. The USGS science does provide the basis for understanding where earthquakes are likely to hit—how much shaking there is likely to be —and our scientific information can help prepare communities. Ethan Alpern: Mark. and hold drill on October 17 and other USGS offices around the country are participating as well. and to really be looking at their overall preparedness planning and other aspects of overall earthquake safety. and this formed part of the basis for the first ShakeOut held in Southern California in 2008. Ethan Alpern: 2014 has a couple of important anniversaries when it comes to earthquakes. of course. Mike and Mark. involve more people where we already are. including scenarios.S. Here in USGS Headquarters. ever since. businesses. and building codes so that we help to make the country safer. Ethan Alpern: Mark. the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory is actually helping to lead the organization of that drill. And we’ve been participating in the ShakeOut ever since. to communicate to the public about how to participate. A group of us in an organization called the Earthquake Country Alliance wanted to see how we could involve the general public. about what to do to protect themselves. where they’re having their first state-wide ShakeOut. and businesses. other states and countries have been joining each year. one important anniversary is of the 1964 earthquake in Alaska that occurred on March 27th of that year. cover. In Hawaii. And for a few more years to increase participation across the U. a magnitude 7. could you provide us with a brief history of ShakeOut. could you please tell us about them? Mike Blanpied: Well. and. the National Science Foundation (NSF).5 million participants.

Geological Survey. And thank you to all of our listeners. just at the end of the day. working together. Ethan Alpern: How about you. Mike? Mike Blanpied: Well. our goal is to make sure people are safe in earthquakes and this is one way we’re going to get there. it is not too late to register and participate.the Southern California Earthquake Center. You can do so by visiting www. ShakeOut is Thursday. are involving all of these people. CoreCast is a product of the U. Although the ShakeOut is just days away. ShakeOut is a great opportunity to practice and it can be a lot of fun to do so. . And remember.shakeout. Ethan Alpern: Thank you Mike and Mark for joining us today.S. October 17 at 10:17AM local time. many state and local organizations that. Department of the Interior.