THE FULL STORY
The Earthquake Project was born from a thesis that the film's director wrote while in graduate school at the University of Chicago (UC). The thesis' focus was on finding the most efficient ways to help people, help themselves before disaster strikes.
The director, as well as the entire production team, is a native Oregonian so he used the Cascadia earthquake as the model for "worst-case scenario." The UC administration pushed back on his decision to focus his thesis on the West Coast, and not a Chicago-specific problem. The director stayed adamant about his paper's topic for purely selfish reasons: make sure his own loved ones and community would be better prepared for a major crisis. he administrators eventually recognized his unwavering passion to help Oregon and its neighboring states and ultimately conceded.
Preparing for the Cascadia earthquake is such an important topic, that the director's thesis gained some attention from strategic partners, and the result is a documentary that takes an in-depth look into the existing threats, examine current emergency management practices, and explore new and innovative procedures being implemented around the world to address future emergency aid needs to address any crisis situation, anywhere in the world. Everyone involved in this project are driven by a single goal--prepare people now to alleviate suffering in the future.
As filmmakers, it is our purpose to entertain audiences, nevertheless, this film will also serve as a public service announcement that explains to viewers how to prepare for a major disaster, what they can expect after the initial wave of destruction and open a larger conversation on how we can strengthen local and global communities’ responses in times of crisis.
Our mission is to inspire and promote impactful solutions to some of the most critical disaster issues we face on a global level through the power of civic engagement and grounded in innovation.
Our success isn’t measured in terms of wealth or profit margin, but by the value we provide to those we serve by providing high quality resources to communities worldwide to accomplish our goal:
100,000 Partners Prepared
Our goal is to get 100,000 people take minimal action that will help them immensely when a 9.0+ earthquake, or other disaster, occur.
Join us in this global movement! Together we can save countless lives.
We use the Cascadia earthquake as the standard to measure our preparedness because if you prepare for the worst, then your community will also be prepared for other, less-catastrophic disasters, regardless of where you are located in the world. We strive to get like floods, fires, severe weather, and more.
Join our community of scientists, responsible citizens, volunteers and allies to help your community and family prepare for the inevitable Cascadia earthquake, or your region's equivalent.