Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
Project Leader: Mark Benthien
SCEC coordinates research on earthquake science at more than 70 research institutions nationwide. SCEC leads California's Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), a public-private partnership that created the Great California ShakeOut. With support from FEMA, SCEC has expanded ShakeOut across the country and worldwide (43.5 million participants in 2015). SCEC/ECA coordinate the EPIcenter (Education and Public Information Center) Network of museums, parks, and other venues that host ShakeOut activities, develop educational materials, and share best practices. SCEC also provides educator professional development, installs Quake Catcher Network (QCN) sensors in schools and museums, develops curricular resources, and coordinates two undergraduate intern programs with more than 30 students each summer.