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A Wake-up Call for California: Innovations in Earthquake Preparedness

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No one likes to be reminded that there’s a 99.7% chance that California will experience a major earthquake in the next 30 years.  But a little preparedness can go a long way and a new mobile-friendly website called QuakeCAFE can help.

We invite you to join us for a public forum where we will discuss the data and lessons learned from QuakeCAFE followed by a panel discussion on new innovations for earthquake early warning, preparedness, and response.

Launched by the CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative at UC Berkeley in collaboration with the Office of the Lt. Governor of California, QuakeCAFE provides Californians with a powerful tool that allows them to quickly and easily assess their level of preparedness, and compare their readiness for the Big One with others across the state.

It works on all screens and takes only a minute to complete: http://quakecafe.org

Prof. Ken Goldberg and the QuakeCAFE team will be joined by Prof. Peggy Hellweg from the UC Berkeley Seismological Lab; Dr. Ross Stein, co-founder of Temblor, a startup that enables people to learn their seismic hazard and how to reduce their risk; and Amina Assefa, Manager of the Office of Emergency Management, UC Berkeley.

1:00 – 1:15 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:15 – 1:30 pm: QuakeCAFE.org Results and Insights
1:30- 3:00 pm: Panel: Innovations in Earthquake Early Warning, Preparedness,
and Response
– Amina Assefa, Manager, Office of Emergency Management, UC
– Dan Coughlin, Director, the QuakeFinder Project
– Prof. Robert Full, Biology, UC Berkeley
– Prof. Peggy Hellweg, Seismological Lab, UC Berkeley
– Patrick Otellini, Chief Resilience Officer, San Francisco
– Dr. Ross Stein, Temblor


Sutardja Dai Hall – Banatao Auditorium – 2594 Hearst Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720 – View Map