Seven weeks. Fifteen hundred miles. Thirty-six thousand coloring books. It’s been nearly two months since California Watch published its “On Shaky Ground” series on seismic safety in California’s public schools, but the stories’ publication did not mark the end of our efforts to cover the issue and engage Californians. During these past several weeks, I’ve traveled the state – from Oakland to Chula Vista – hosting earthquake preparedness trainings, attending safety fairs, and introducing kids to earthquake preparedness through classes, puppet shows and coloring books. Here’s a closer look at our efforts.


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Ashley Alvarado is the community news editor for California Watch and The Bay Citizen, where she oversees the news-engagement and public engagement staff. She is focused on helping to reach new audiences and engaging communities around CIR, California Watch and Bay Citizen stories. Ashley is also CIR's Public Insight Network analyst. She currently serves as managing editor of Los Cabos Magazine and previously worked at Los Angeles and Tu Ciudad Los Angeles magazines. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Southern California.