Service to California
Although developed as a service to the state of California, IGCC projects on both manmade and natural disasters yield lessons that can be extended into the international arena.
Totally Unprepared’s message is intended for California residents, while the California Public Officials Initiative provided training for elected and appointed officials across the state.
Past IGCC work on resiliency and critical infrastructure protection still has relevance today.
With the support of the California Emergency Management Agency and the California Safety Seismic Commission, IGCC raised public awareness about earthquake risks and how to be better prepared.
The Totally Unprepared (TU) program used social media, online content, and mobile applications to raise awareness and expand the resources available to California residents. Focusing on a public that often tunes out traditional messaging approaches, TU effectively engaged people to help themselves, their families, and communities become more prepared for earthquakes in California.
TU created a public awareness campaign that includes a unique website, preparedness brochures in multiple languages, blogs, and the creative video series “Totally Unprepared” and “Will It Shake?” produced in collaboration with KPBS and California Public Radio and TV.
A joint program hosted by IGCC and the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) conducted training for more than 300 California public officials representing communities across the state of California. The program provided public officials with crisis communications and disaster preparedness training through short workshops and full-day seminars. Mayors, council members, and staff from large and small cities were taught best practices for communicating in a crisis.
The concept of "critical infrastructure protection" (CIP), which came into being in the mid-1990s, was placed at the forefront of U.S. national security concerns after the events of 9/11.In 2007, in conjunction with the Control Systems Security Center at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), IGCC and the Center for Science and Technology Policy at George Mason University produced a public policy-focused graduate-level curriculum intended to help to implement a long-term security culture within the control system community.