Northern California ShakeAlert Education Symposium

Symposium Overview:

The ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning System can detect an earthquake very quickly and send an alert of imminent ground motion before strong shaking arrives. Join us to explore and discuss how educational institutions in California, Oregon, and Washington can use ShakeAlert to protect our children and their teachers. Learn about and contribute ideas to about how ShakeAlert can be used as a part of standards-based STEAM learning opportunities in schools and in museums. Emergency managers and science educators are encouraged to attend.

Participants learned about and contributed ideas how ShakeAlert can be used as a part of standards-based Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics  (STEAM) learning opportunities in schools and in museums.

Over 25 emergency managers and science educators  attended this symposium.

Symposium Agenda

Featured speakers/facilitators included:

  • Dr. Jennifer Strauss (UC Berkeley) – Former ShakeAlert Regional Coordinator for  Technical Partnerships – Northern California
  • Mr. Bill Steele (University of Washington) ShakeAlert Regional Coordinator for Technical Partnerships – State of Washington
  • Dr. Jill Barnes (Los Angeles Unified School District – LAUSD) – Executive Emergency Strategist in the Office of Emergency Services, District Operations, and co-manager of the LAUSD ShakeAlert Pilot Project.

Presentation: ShakeAlert and Disaster Readiness in LAUSD

  • Ms. Cynthia Pridmore (California Geological Survey) – Co-chairShakeAlert Educational Resources Working Group
  • Activity 1: A Stake In The Shake: Earthquake Early Warning
  • Activity 2: STEM Connections to the ShakeAlert EEW System Activity
  • Ms. Emily Holland (formerly with California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services) – Co-chair ShakeAlert Educational Resources Working Group
  • Dr. Sara McBride (United States Geological Survey) – ShakeAlert Social Science Coordinator
  • Mr. Maximilian Dixon (Washington Emergency Management Division) –   Co-Chair ShakeAlert Emergency Management Working Group
  • Dr. Robert de Groot (United States Geological Survey) – ShakeAlert National Coordinator for Communication, Education, and Outreach
  • Presentation: Introduction to ShakeAlert Communication, Education, & Outreach
  • Handout: Facilitation Questions

When was it held:

Saturday, September 29, 2018 (8:30 am – 5pm) – Registration, Breakfast, and Networking starting at 8 am.

Breakfast, Lunch, and free admission to the Exploratorium are included (you’ll have time to explore!).


Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) San Francisco, CA 94111

Who Participated:

    • Emergency managers from pre-K-12 schools, colleges, universities, museums, child care centers, and other educational institutions.
    • Science educators, science department chairs, and/or those who serve as leaders in science education programs.
    • Administrators from educational environments who will have a role in the implementation of the ShakeAlert System.

We encourage you to attend this event as your presence and input is extremely valuable to the success of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System.


  • To encourage the successful implementation of the ShakeAlert System in schools, museums, and other learning environments.
  • To foster innovative approaches and solutions for integrating ShakeAlert products into educational environments.
  • Identify and overcome roadblocks, explore potential funding sources, encourage participation from additional potential users within the education sector and build partnerships that will support the success of a fully public ShakeAlert System.
  • To promote ShakeAlert as a critical tool that complements existing risk reduction efforts.
  • To explore ShakeAlert connections to standards-based Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) learning.

Questions? Contact Robert de Groot at:

This event was hosted by the ShakeAlert Joint Committee for Communication, Education and Outreach.

Organizing Committee:  Cynthia Pridmore (California Geological Survey), Robert de Groot (US Geological Survey), Emily Holland (Formerly with California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services), Jennifer Strauss (UC Berkeley, formerly with ShakeAlert), Eric Muller (Exploratorium), and Margaret Vinci (Caltech) with generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Exploratorium.