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The synergy between business, industry, academia, and the public provided by the Earthquake Research Affiliates program propels not only research and development success, but also enhances public safety. The BSL is involved with many public education and hazard mitigation projects around the state.


The Great California ShakeOut is a day of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill ever, organized to inspire Californians to get ready for big earthquakes and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. The ShakeOut drill will occur in houses, businesses, and public spaces alike throughout California at 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2013. Participants will receive information on how to prepare for the inevitable major earthquake in the region and what actions to take during and after the shaking. Free registration at www.ShakeOut.org/california/register.

The Earthquake Safety Implementation Program is a thirty-year initiative resulting from the analysis put forward by the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS). The goal is to reduce San Francisco’s most significant earthquake impacts through retrofitting, sheltering ‘in place’, and maintaining privately-run community services post quake. Bringing private businesses, government bodies, and the citizenry together, CAPSS aims to assure clarity in planning and regulations, bolster public confidence, and facilitate community restoration. For more information, please visit http://sfcapss.org/.

The Golden Guardian is a comprehensive state-wide exercise series testing emergency preparedness for catastrophic incidents on the local, regional, and state level. This year, the BSL is teaming with the California Earthquake Clearinghouse to participate in this year’s drill: a major earthquake in the Bay Area. The emergency preparedness plans and procedures for state and federal agencies (including CalEMA and FEMA), NGOs, private sector partners, and coastal region tribes will be assessed during the practice. The 2013 Golden Guardian exercise is set to take place on May 15th. Information on draft objectives, training, partners, and build-up events can be found at http://www.calema.ca.gov/TrainingandExercises/Pages/Golden-Guardian.aspx.