Education, Outreach, & Technical Resources

As part of system development, the ShakeAlert® Joint Committee for Communication, Education, and Outreach (JCCEO) was formed in 2016 to provide consistent guidance regarding the ShakeAlert system’s human interface.

This committee coordinates development of the guidance and resources that are elemental to successful and sustained user uptake of the system to maximize life-safety and property protection impacts. Over the next several years as ShakeAlert moves through pilot projects, phased rollout, and full system implementation, the JCCEO provides feedback on system-wide approaches and materials that take into consideration best practices, social science, and user-specific needs.

JCCEO provides a platform for discussion and coordination of tailored implementation plans by regions, for various uses (automated, organizational, and public), and for the whole community. JCCEO reports directly to the National ShakeAlert Program Coordinator Doug Given.

JCCEO also provides the sharing and coordination platform for independent communication, education and outreach (CEO)programs among the three states (Oregon, Washington, and California) who are in the process of implementing ShakeAlert. The USGS is also coordinating CEO efforts with Natural Resources Canada as they develop an earthquake early warning system for Canada.

JCCEO is currently led by Robert de Groot (USGS), chair and Jennifer Strauss (UC Berkeley), vice chair.





JCCEO National Committee Members (as of 4/2021)


Leland O’Driscoll and Lucy Walsh – University of Oregon

Laura Gabel – Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

Althea Rizzo – Office of Emergency Management


Maximilian Dixon, Brian Terbush, and Danté DiSabatino – Emergency Management Division

Corina Forson & Megan Anderson, Department of Natural Resources – Washington Geological Survey

Bill Steele & Mouse Reusch, and Gabriel Lotto – University of Washington


Jennifer Strauss and Tal Edgecomb – University of California, Berkeley

Amanda Moyer, Emily Holland, and Rachel Sierer Wooden – Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Cynthia Pridmore – California Geological Survey

Margaret Vinci – California Institute of Technology

U.S. Geological Survey

Doug Given – ShakeAlert Program National Coordinator

Robert de Groot – ShakeAlert Coordinator for Communication, Education, and Outreach

Esther Eng  and James Mitchell – Office of Policy and Analysis

Mariah Jenkins – ShakeAlert Communication, Education, and Outreach Assistant

Paul Laustsen and Elizabeth Goldbaum – Office of Communications and Publishing

Sara McBride – Social Science Research Coordinator

Chris Trent – USGS Congressional Liaison


Alison Bird – Natural Resources Canada

Robert A. L. White – Emergency Management British Columbia

Teron Moore – Ocean Networks Canada

Members from other Organizations:

Danielle Sumy – Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

Shelley Olds – UNAVCO

Chris Cardiel, Jenny Crayne, Kim Deras, Raquel Steward, and Carla Herran – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry