THE QUAKE COTTAGE PROGRAM: SHAKING UP EARTHQUAKE OUTREACH EFFORTS
In partnership with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the IGS launched a unique addition to our outreach program in 2012: The Quake Cottage— a mobile earthquake simulator (25 x 8 x 14 ft) capable of creating intense shaking that mimics earthquake magnitudes ranging from approximately 3.0 to 8.0. This simulator is one of only three units in the United States. The interior of the simulator is designed to replicate a typical living room and demonstrates the effectiveness of preparatory measures to protect lives and prevent damages to personal property. A large viewing window allows audiences outside to view the participants while the simulator is in operation. In addition, each simulator outreach event continues to include the traditional methods of content delivery including presentations, publications, and exhibit displays.
Since the inception of the Quake Cottage, the number of earthquake-related outreach requests has increased over 700 percent from a previous high of 11 in 2011 to more than 80 in 2013. Over 7,000 participants have experienced one of the more than 40 events held each year. Ancillary benefits include increased media coverage, the creation of new partnerships, and greater participation in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut exercise.