Earthquake Awareness Week – Nov 1-7, 2009

Governor Sanford has declared November 1st – 7th Earthquake Awareness Week.

The South Carolina Earthquake Education and Preparedness (SCEEP) program at the College of Charleston is working with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) to promote earthquake awareness throughout the state of South Carolina.

On November 2nd, SCEEP will give a short presentation at the College of Charleston, on how to do an earthquake drill for schools.  There will also be basic background on earthquakes in South Carolina, handouts for teaching about earthquakes, and an opportunity to ask lots of questions.  School administrators, the media, and the general public are invited.  Time: 6:30pm (room TBA) Please RSVP to Charlie Kaufman at

On November 4th, public schools across South Carolina will participate in an earthquake safety drill to teach students what to do in case of an earthquake.

SCEEP invites you to check out some websites on how to perform an earthquake drill:,,

Also on November 4th, SCEEP will hold a public meeting at the Summerville, SC Public Library to talk about the 1886 earthquake, historical impacts, and how an earthquake might affect the area in the future.  Time:  6:30pm – 8:00pm

On November 7th, SCEEP will be at the SC state museum in Columbia, SC to talk about earthquakes.  SCEEP will bring displays to the museum that will show individuals how earthquakes work, provide general information on the geology of South Carolina, and explain hazard maps of the area.  Children will get the chance to build their own structure and test is on our shake table, learn about seismometers, and can take home coloring books about earthquakes.  Time: 10:30 – 4:30pm

Please feel free to check out SCEEP’s website if you have any questions:


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About Starr Jordan

I am the Director of the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math at the College of Charleston. I earned my Masters of Education in Science and Math in 2009 and my Bachelors of Science in Geology in 2000. Both degrees are from the College of Charleston.

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