Archives for July 2017

EERI Advocates for Continued Funding for Earthquake & Tsunami-related Federal Programs

EERI’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, led by Laura Samant (M. EERI 2003), has been closely following activities in Washington D.C., and monitoring impacts on NEHRP agencies and seismic policy. Recent federal budget proposals have indicated significant cuts to programs associated with earthquake and tsunami risk reduction. In response, EERI sent letters to 31 Senators and 14 Congressional Representatives on both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to re-consider these budget reductions and outlining the benefits of these programs. EERI members and partner organizations are encouraged to send similar letters using EERI’s template language.

Download these tools to write your representative about Federal Budget reductions to earthquake & tsunami-related programs:

Earthquake Program Advocacy Letter template (Word File)

Earthquake Program Advocacy sample letter (PDF)

Tsunami Program Advocacy Letter template (Word File)

Tsunami Program Advocacy sample letter (PDF)

EERI Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Legislator Contact List for June 2017 (Excel File)

Use these links to find your representative:

Earthquake Spectra Update: A Stronger Spectra

Become an 11NCEE Sponsor or Exhibitor!

2018 EERI Board Election Nominees Announced

2017 Data to Policy Workshop: URM Retrofit Strategies That Engage Communities

On July 13, 2017 EERI and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management hosted a workshop in Salem, Oregon. The workshop included the technical aspects of retrofitting unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, as well as the policy and community engagement side of state and local retrofitting strategies. A panel of experts in the field presented case studies and best practices from their regions. This workshop was made possible by a 2016-2017 State Support Grant provided by FEMA and administered by EERI.

Workshop Materials

Cale Ash, SE and Kent Yu, SE, PhD:
Technical Aspects of Seismic Retrofitting

Barry Welliver, SE; Utah Seismic Safety Commission:
Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in Utah

Jonna Papaefthimiou, AICP; Portland Bureau of Emergency Management:
Proposed Mandatory URM Retrofit Policy

Patrick Otellini; Swinerton Builders/(Former) SF Earthquake Safety Director:
Voluntary and Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Programs in San Francisco

Claire Clark; (Former) Economic Development Manager & Seismic Coordinator, San Luis Obispo:
City of San Luis Obispo Seismic Hazard Mitigation

Jake Brown; Portland Bureau of Development Services:
City of Portland Unreinforced Masonry Data Cleanup


11NCEE: 37 Special Sessions Announced!