Join us to protect the lives of all who inhabit school buildings. EERI’s new School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) will leverage the Institute’s extensive expertise and reputation by conducting regionally appropriate actions to increase the seismic safety of school buildings.
EERI members are encouraged to actively participate in one of SESI’s subcommittees listed below.
• Safety Screening, Inventory, and Evaluation – Chairs: Ken Goettel and Barry Welliver
• Classroom Education and Outreach – Chairs: Lelli Van Den Einde and Thalia Anagnos
• Tsunami Mitigation for Schools – Chair pending, Heidi Tremayne is current contact
• Code Updating and Improvements – Chair: Rob Jackson
• Safety Advocacy and Messaging – Chair: Lucy Arendt
Utilizing member expertise through these subcommittees, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative can make a tangible, positive difference in communities around the world by advocating for school safety.
For example, the Classroom Education and Outreach Subcommittee plans to use education in the classroom to establish ongoing dialog with parents, teachers, and administrators, creating advocates for school earthquake safety. After developing a pilot education program with well-documented and easy-to-implement lesson plans, the subcommittee will recruit EERI regional and student chapters to deliver the activities and serve as expert resources for stakeholders.
The Safety Screening, Inventory, and Evaluation Subcommittee will facilitate and encourage implementation of risk reduction measures, developing stepwise screening methodologies that can identify school buildings with the highest seismic risk while minimizing the effort and expense for school districts. This summer, the group will document inventory and screening success stories in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Alaska, and Missouri, and review screening tools. The subcommittee will then develop a school screening activity in the fall, intended to be ready for use by EERI members in selected pilot regions in 2016.
To learn more about SESI activities and find contact details for the subcommittee chairs listed above, visit the SESI website: https://www.eeri.org/projects/schools/subcommittees/