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Title
A Look at Opportunities for Community College Dissemination of Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Information: The California Experience.
File
PB80147820.pdf
Author(s)
Davis, R.
Source
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Engineering and Applied Science., September 4, 1979, 81 p.
Abstract
California's community, junior, and technical colleges (CJT) seek appropriate techniques for dissemination of earthquake hazard mitigation (EHM) information to the state's lay public. The report reviews California's history of earthquakes and profiles the state's community college system. A section delineates the need for EHM information to increase public awareness of the problem and enlist support for a realistic hazards reduction program. The potential for using CJT and other agencies to disseminate EHM information is outlined together with the problems involved in such a project. Foremost of these are the impact of Proposition 13 and CJT lack of involvement in or commitment to earthquake studies. However, these problems are more than offset by findings that CJT are geared to communicate with the lay public, and have the most flexible and community-responsive curricula of higher education institutions within the state.
Keywords
Universities; Publicity; Hazards; Junior colleges; Community colleges; Earthquakes; Information systems; Television systems; Mass media; Communicating