ShakeCast: How the Los Angeles Unified School District Uses Technology to Prepare for and Respond to Earthquakes [open pdf - 643KB]
"In 1994, the Northridge, Calif., region was struck by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that damaged nearly 100,000 houses and buildings, including a number of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools. The entire school district was closed for five days to allow first responders and facilities personnel adequate time to assess damage and determine whether buildings were safe to reenter. In the years subsequent to this incident, the LAUSD forged a partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) allowing the district to use two USGS tools at no cost: ShakeCast (an earthquake notification program) and ShakeMap (a companion product that provides users a map of the distribution of earthquake shaking). ShakeCast, a free online tool, delivers notification of shaking levels at userselected facilities affected by an earthquake; this information also may be superimposed on to a geographical map, or ShakeMap created by USGS."
United States. Dept. of Education. Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center: http://www.rems.ed.gov/
Success Stories (2012), v.2, no.3