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Local government


LA Basin, SF/SG Valleys


1100 schools and offices


MMI, building-specific HAZUS type


Generating priority lists, clarify locations for Red Cross shelters


Operational; remotely served by Amazon cloud service

Contact Info

Stefan Otto, Senior Technical Project Manager

As one of the largest school districts in the country, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is comprised of enough students and employees that, if the district was a city, it would fall just outside a list of the ten biggest cities in the United States.

Due to its massive size as well as its location in an earthquake-prone area, LAUSD uses ShakeCast as a tool to protect the 665,000 K-12 students and 80,000 employees that make up the district. With an area of over 700 square miles, encompassing 13,500 buildings and 1,235 schools and offices, LAUSD facilities are critical to the emergency operations of the city.

In the event of an emergency, such as the 1994 Northridge earthquake, district buildings can serve as emergency shelters run by the Red Cross. ShakeCast assesses which structures are likely damaged after an earthquake to ensure that designated shelters are safe for both victims and emergency personnel. 








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