SCAG Earthquake Preparedness Initiative

SCAG Earthquake Preparedness Initiative

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), in partnership with the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, has launched a new initiative to help local cities and counties protect Southern California communities and economies from the disruption that a major earthquake would cause. The initiative kicked off with a series of regional seminars, led by Dr. Jones, for local civic leaders. The seminars reviewed the risks of a major regional earthquake and the most effective approaches for preparation, including strengthening infrastructure and reviewing building safety codes. The initiative will continue through 2017, with workshops that will give local leaders the tools necessary for building the resilience that keeps natural disasters from becoming catastrophes.

Webinar - Seismic Resilient Pipelines
with Cornell Professor Thomas O’Rourke, July 18, 2018

To share what makes water pipelines seismically durable, what the current vulnerabilities are, and how to best strengthen our existing system, SCAG in partnership with Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society provided a special webinar with world renown expert Thomas O'Rourke.



Webinar - Rain after the Fire:
Mud Slides and Debris Flows, February 5, 2018

To better prepare our member jurisdictions, SCAG in partnership with the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society held a special webinar on Monday, Feb. 5.



Build Your City's Resilience to Earthquakes Workshop: June 14, 2017

SCAG, in partnership with the City of Ventura, hosted the workshop on June 14, 2017 from 8:30am – 3:00pm at the City of Ventura’s Community Meeting Room located at 501 Poli Street, Ventura, CA 93002.


Preparedness Workshop (Jan. - Feb. 2017)

Building upon the earthquake preparedness seminars held in Fall 2016, these workshops are a critical step in providing local jurisdictions with the tools to navigate seismic strengthening policies and building coalitions for successful preparedness efforts. Dr. Lucy Jones and her team will lead this workshop and help attendees: Develop a framework to address local vulnerabilities related to earthquakes; provide a toolkit to support efforts in achieving results/taking action in a reasonable timeframe; and share strategies to build, establish, and/or enhance community-wide partnerships for this effort.


Preparedness Seminars (Oct. – Nov. 2016)


Region-Specific Simulations

  • The Northridge Earthquake

    This virtual exhibit shows 3D animations of 16 potential earthquakes comparable to the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Each 3D animation shows the faults of Southern California, highlights the source fault for each potential earthquake, shows the ShakeMap of expected shaking levels, and then overlays the likely casualties and economic losses that may result.

  • Southern California Shakeout

    This simulation is based on a magnitude 7.8 scenario earthquake on the San Andreas fault in Southern California. It demonstrates the severity of ground shaking and shows seismic waves radiating outward from the fault as the rupture propagates towards the northwest.