State of the Institute

From EERI’s President, Thomas Tobin, Statement to the Board of Directors, July 2010:

EERI is a professional organization that contributes to reducing earthquake risk worldwide. The Board of Directors, nine volunteers, provide wise and strategic leadership to the Institute. Board members provide insight and counsel on the affairs of the Institute, serve as liaison with EERI subscribing members and committees, and lead strategic efforts.

Regional Chapters

EERI has launched new regional chapters and is working on revitalizing existing chapters, including Alaska, Great Lakes, Washington DC, New Madrid and Northeast Corridor-New York City, just to name a few. Regional chapters are a way to engage EERI members professionally around matters of regional interest and help strengthen the network of professionals and sharing of ideas. Chapters can address technical issues through speakers and projects, and can organize to influence public policy. EERI is also forming a “resilience observatory,” to focus learning from damaging earthquakes in the context of communities.

EERI challenges

EERI is working for reauthorization with adequate funding. The National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Act, the federal statute that authorizes earthquake research and knowledge transfer programs at the National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey, FEMA and the National Institute for Standards and Technology, has not been reauthorized, and the most recent version in the US House of Representatives reduces authorized spending levels.