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The Times Debuts ‘Unshaken,’ A Comprehensive Earthquake Preparedness Guide

The 24-page premium print guide, "Unshaken,” will debut on Sunday, June 13.
(Daniel Sulzberg / For The Times)

On Sunday, June 13, the Los Angeles Times will debut “Unshaken,” a 24-page guide to preparing for Southern California’s next major earthquake.

The guide will have several components, including: a tutorial on how to put together an earthquake kit; an essay from seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones on the number-one thing to prepare your home for a serious disaster; primers on retrofitting your home and getting your financials in order; a guide to apocalyptic pantry cooking; a tutorial on what to do during and immediately after the shaking begins; and much more.

“The idea behind the guide is that we’re due for ‘The Big One’ and we want Californians to be ultra-prepared,” said Matt Ballinger, Times deputy editor for utility journalism.

On Saturday, a companion section will launch online with added elements, including a printable earthquake preparation checklist and an updated database of area buildings in need of retrofitting.

In addition, a six-week pop-up newsletter debuting on June 11 will serve as a step-by-step guide to earthquake readiness and resilience. In a welcome and introduction, Times Columnist Patt Morrison writes, “this newsletter course is about getting you ready for your closeup in Southern California’s seismic story.”

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The Times has also teamed up with KPCC for a free virtual event on June 24, “Local Matters: How to Survive the Big One.” A panel discussion will feature Morrison, Jones, Times earthquake reporter Rong-Gong Lin II, KPCC science reporter Jacob Margolis and KPCC host Austin Cross addressing the risks and reality of living in earthquake country.

Sign up for the six-week newsletter to follow along with the “Unshaken” earthquake preparedness project. A limited quantity of the print guide will be available for purchase through Shop L.A. Times.


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