Nor-Cal Chapter of EERI

Nor-Cal Chapter of EERI Members and followers of the NorCal Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute can connect with colleagues and find information on chapter and related events, current earthquake research, and policy issues via approximately monthly posts.
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The Chapter is an active, highly visible organization in Northern California that is recognized for its earthquake risk reduction efforts, developing new leaders in the earthquake hazard mitigation field, in the Chapter and the Institute, sharing information and camaraderie, engaging in outreach activities, and working with local decision-makers to reduce earthquake risk.

The Chapter is an active, highly visible organization in Northern California that is recognized for its earthquake risk reduction efforts, developing new leaders in the earthquake hazard mitigation field, in the Chapter and the Institute, sharing information and camaraderie, engaging in outreach activities, and working with local decision-makers to reduce earthquake risk.

Mission: The EERI NC Chapter is dedicated to reducing the earthquake risk in the Northern California by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, by improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political and cultural environment and by advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

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Register Now for a Virtual EERI-NC Event:What changes to earthquake emergency response procedures have been driven by th...
07/05/2020
EERI NorCal Online Panel

Register Now for a Virtual EERI-NC Event:

What changes to earthquake emergency response procedures have been driven by the current or future pandemics?

July 16, 12-1

Please join the EERI Northern California chapter as we host our first virtual discussion panel to dive into how various earthquake emergency preparedness professionals have started to rethink how their community would respond to an earthquake event during the current pandemic. Panelists will provide a short overview of how their thinking about their job has changed in the past few months, followed by a Q&A.

Panelists include:

Anne Rosinski, Earthquake Program Manager, FEMA Region IX

Kevin Miller, Earthquake, Tsunami, and Volcano Program Manager, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Bijan Karimi, Asst. Deputy Director, Division of Emergency Services, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

Louise Comfort, Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, author of The Dynamics of Risk: Changing Technologies and Collective Action in Seismic Events (2019)

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm

Register Now:

Please join the EERI Northern California chapter as we host our first virtual discussion panel to dive into how various earthquake emergency preparedness professionals have started to rethink how their community would respond to an earthquake event during the current pandemic.

A free webinar from EERI colleagues on communicating about risk. Worth a look and listen!
06/22/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Collaboration Between Researchers and Practitioners Leads to Better Communication of Natural Hazard Risks. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

A free webinar from EERI colleagues on communicating about risk. Worth a look and listen!

Lindsay Davis, Earthquake Disaster Assistance Team Manager for the USGS, and Jocelyn West, Graduate Research Assistant at the Natural Hazards Center, discuss collaboration.

06/02/2020
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Dear EERI Colleagues -- We are clearly in a period of multiple, overlapping crises. It can be difficult to focus on work. Here I am writing on Facebook at 11am, after all! But I want to share some thoughts about what earthquake mitigation has to do with social and racial justice. I will indulge here in a personal note writing as Sharyl Rabinovici (former Chapter President) not speaking for EERI itself nor the Chapter, but I think it's relevant to all our members because who is or is not receiving adequate help in preparing for earthquakes is a matter of policy and practice deeply related to social justice, and one that we can act upon through what we do.

I often bristle when people talk about vulnerable communities as "less disaster resilient." There is so much resilience there, so much credit never given for their own endurance and successes despite external threatening forces! But is there a way to survive with less suffering? Less isolation? Fewer obstacles? With the burden more equitably shared? I believe so. And because disasters come in cycles, we have opportunities now to change the future.

A duty to educate ourselves and explore avenues for action using our own strengths and from our own positions of power is paramount. Thank you for listening and being willing to consider and learn. Please share if you know of professional avenues to contribute to disaster justice in your own networks or work. I promise to do the same. Take care!

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/10/30/a-year-after-sandy-research-focuses-on-the-social-impact-of-disasters

Tomorrow!
05/26/2020

Tomorrow!

Happening tomorrow — join us for a special free webinar! You’ll gain insights and lessons learned from the EERI Learning from Earthquakes 2019 Travel Study Program in New Zealand.

Hear from Andrew Makdisi of the University of Washington, Anne Hulsey of Stanford University, and Ezra Jampole of Exponent on the environmental impacts, opportunities, and challenges in rebuilding following major earthquakes in the country. Register here: http://ow.ly/3dIQ50zxOMS

Our very own Anne Hulsey!
05/14/2020

Our very own Anne Hulsey!

Join us for a special webinar on May 26! You’ll gain insights and lessons learned from the EERI Learning from Earthquakes 2019 Travel Study Program in New Zealand.

Hear from Andrew Makdisi of the University of Washington, Anne Hulsey of Stanford University, and Ezra Jampole of Exponent on the environmental impacts, opportunities, and challenges in rebuilding following major earthquakes in the country. Register here: http://ow.ly/3dIQ50zxOMS

04/22/2020
History of Performance-based Seismic Design - Performance Based Design of Tall Buildings (1 of 10)

If you're like me, this surreal period of time includes roller coaster swings between feeling super busy and feeling adrift. Here's an idea to anchor some of your downtime with fundamentals and reflection: catch up on some EERI resources from top contributors to our field. Enjoy!

Presented by Ron Hamburger, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger. This presentation was part of the 2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series: Performance Based Design: State...

Many earthquake experts are thinking about how we can respectfully sustain at this time--or even raise--support for prep...
04/15/2020
Building Safety Month Campaign Toolkit - ICC

Many earthquake experts are thinking about how we can respectfully sustain at this time--or even raise--support for preparedness for ALL hazards, not just pandemics. Here's one avenue: May is the ICC's Building Safety Month. #BuildingSafety365 People are more aware than ever of the need for safe places to shelter. If your organization is interested in joining that campaign or using its promotional materials to complement your own community engagement and marketing, refer to their 2020 campaign toolkit: https://www.iccsafe.org/advocacy/building-safety-month/2020-campaign-toolkit/

Home About Weekly Themes Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Proclamations Sponsors Toolkits Campaign Toolkit Safety Toolkit Members Toolkit News & Events Campaign Toolkit Educate your community. Use the...

What happens when disasters coincide to compound our challenges? Some of us in CA have been wondering this but it’s our ...
03/18/2020
5.7 magnitude earthquake in Utah knocks out power to thousands and diverts flights

What happens when disasters coincide to compound our challenges? Some of us in CA have been wondering this but it’s our neighbors in Utah who got hit this time. Airport closed, but damage limited locally. Inevitably we have to dodge multiple bullets, but good news is, dodging one helps make us more nimble for the next.

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Utah's Salt Lake City area Wednesday morning, cutting power to tens of thousands and suspending work at the state's public health lab amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

03/11/2020

For colleagues to our south, abstracts due March 24 for the UCLA/ASCE commemorating conference on the 50th Anniversary of the San Fernando quake: https://samueli.ucla.edu/lifelines2021

QuakeAlertUSA, MyShake, ShakeAlertLA—are you getting confused? I am, and I’m “in the business.” At the Earthquake Countr...
02/26/2020
California's new early warning earthquake app features a shaking countdown

QuakeAlertUSA, MyShake, ShakeAlertLA—are you getting confused? I am, and I’m “in the business.” At the Earthquake Country Alliance meeting last week, it became clear to me that we need to refine our language about earthquake warnings. The USGS and other operate a rapid earthquake detection system and these other applications are earthquake warning delivery systems. And it remains to be seen Whether, where and for how many a warning will actually come “early.”

A new earthquake early warning app for smartphones has been released, offering users across California the ability to see a countdown before shaking arrives.

ECA Bay Area Regional Workshop: https://www.earthquakecountry.org/bayarea/feb19workshop/Wednesday, February 19, 2020Plea...
02/10/2020
Earthquake Country Alliance: Welcome to Earthquake Country!

ECA Bay Area Regional Workshop: https://www.earthquakecountry.org/bayarea/feb19workshop/

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Please invite colleagues in your professional network to attend this workshop. Working together we will further our goals to promote and improve preparedness, mitigation, and resilience. Grant funding for ECA activities is provided by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Earthquake and Tsunami Program.

SCHEDULE:
8:30 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Registration and continental breakfast
Workshop
Optional walking tour
LOCATION:
Hayward Library
Meeting Room — 2nd Floor
888 C Street, Hayward, CA 94541

Parking is available on-site.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

California Earthquake Early Warning and Alerting Systems (Rachel Sierer Wooden and Emily Holland, CalOES)
Focus group to gather feedback and input on ShakeAlert’s public education and training materials for use educating and training the public
Unique earthquake features of Hayward fault and mitigation efforts, including optional walking tour after the workshop (Paul Wheeler, Hayward Fire)
2019 Neighborfest Pilot – Building a Stronger Region from the Block Up! (Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighborhood Empowerment Network)
ECA and ShakeOut Updates (Sharon Sandow, ECA Deputy Director)
Sharing from attendees about recent activities and upcoming plans (You!)
REGISTRATION:

There is no cost to attend this workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Sandow de Groot, ECA Regional Alliance Liaison, at [email protected] or (213) 740-4593.

Please invite colleagues in your professional network to attend this workshop. Working together we will further our goals to promote and improve preparedness, mitigation, and resilience. Grant funding for ECA activities is provided by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Earthquake....

Catch some knowledge about how to share knowledge next week with these teaching innovators!
02/07/2020

Catch some knowledge about how to share knowledge next week with these teaching innovators!

Don't miss out! Join us Feb. 13 for a webinar on innovative teaching methods in science and engineering! Learn how you can incorporate experiments and demonstrations to improve your students’ learning outcomes. You’ll hear dynamic presentations from Dr. Diane Moug of Portland State University and Dr. Anahid Behrouzi of Cal Poly SLO.

This webinar is designed for graduate students, academics, and other practitioners in science and engineering fields with any and all levels of teaching experience.

Register today: http://ow.ly/7wlT50yay4h

Take a moment today to register to EERI’s March 2020 annual meeting in San Diego!
01/02/2020

Take a moment today to register to EERI’s March 2020 annual meeting in San Diego!

Early-bird pricing ENDS TOMORROW! Take advantage of our early-bird rate to one of the premier conferences on earthquake risk reduction — register for the 2020 EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference now! #NEC2020 http://ow.ly/n3Ha50xe5I2

See someone you know? Someone you’d like to be? Join colleagues to explore keys to success for women in the SE professio...
11/24/2019

See someone you know? Someone you’d like to be? Join colleagues to explore keys to success for women in the SE profession.

Sharing this opportunity with you all to attend the She Engineers Virtual Summit from December 9-13. See details and registration here:

https://sheengineerssummit.com/ses19discover?affiliate_id=2062384

Feel free to spread the word to your colleagues and connections who might be interested.

“The She Engineers Summit is for technical women who want to be successful, on their own terms. It's specifically designed for smart, working professionals who recognize that simply mastering technical skills won't result in the career or lifestyle you crave.”

Our next event! 11/21 we host David Wald for EEW redux, keeping the dialogue going on this critical science meets policy...
11/12/2019

Our next event! 11/21 we host David Wald for EEW redux, keeping the dialogue going on this critical science meets policy topic.

Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) is coming to the U.S. West Coast. Can it deliver on what’s been promised?

Hear what David Wald of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has to say on the potential benefits and practical limitations of EEW, and suggest some potential ways to better communicate these realities at a FREE event hosted by Nor-Cal Chapter of EERI happening 11/21 in San Francisco. Register here: http://ow.ly/kWKJ50x6lo1

Los Altos is the place to be next Wednesday with the Earthquake Country Alliance!
11/08/2019

Los Altos is the place to be next Wednesday with the Earthquake Country Alliance!

Join us Wednesday, 11/13, in Los Altos for our Bay Area Regional Workshop! We will hear from experts with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), UC Berkeley Seismo Lab, Los Altos Block Action Team, Mountain View CERT, and Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, followed by a trip to the Los Altos History Museum. Register: https://www.earthquakecountry.org/bayarea/nov13workshop/.

Nearly a billion dollars in FEMA mitigation projects! Impressive number. But when a single major event results in 50, 10...
11/08/2019

Nearly a billion dollars in FEMA mitigation projects! Impressive number. But when a single major event results in 50, 100, 150 billion in losses, what will we be thinking?

Check out those numbers! Way to go FEMA!

And in case you didn’t know, some retrofits in our Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program are included in that $940 million total. We’re proud to partner with FEMA on such an important mitigation project. To learn more about the EBB program, go here: http://bit.ly/2kAlXqZ

Nor-Cal Chapter of EERI
10/21/2019

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10/21/2019

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Looking for a place to reflect and learn on this important Loma Prieta anniversary? Here’s an opportunity in Oakland ton...
10/17/2019
ASCE/SEI Symposium: Bay Area Resilience on 30th Anniversary of Loma Prieta Earth

Looking for a place to reflect and learn on this important Loma Prieta anniversary? Here’s an opportunity in Oakland tonight: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egirxe9812312106&c=89a55410-7d99-11e5-a6d8-d4ae528442b5&ch=89aaf960-7d99-11e5-a6d8-d4ae528442b5

ASCE/SEI San Francisco Chapter is hosting a symposium on resilience to mark the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The speaker panel will consist of representatives from BART, Caltrans, EBMUD, City of Oakland, and the San Francisco Office of Resilience and Capital Planning. Join us for....

Twenty years after the Disaster Resilient University program and significant effort put in to retrofits since, the lates...
08/30/2019
UC Berkeley eyes changes to buildings found to be at higher risk of quake damage

Twenty years after the Disaster Resilient University program and significant effort put in to retrofits since, the latest assessment of UC Berkeley's campus says six buildings are "severe risk" structures, some in high use. https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-eyes-changes-to-buildings-found-to-be-14396287.php#

Some of the most beautiful and architecturally significant buildings on the UC Berkeley campus are at far greater risk of collapse in an earthquake than previously believed, according to a new seismic assessment.

This publication is really good for communicating in plain speak about EQ risk to your office mates, families neighbors,...
08/01/2019
New PEER Publication 2019/05: "Expected Earthquake Performance of Buildings Designed to the California Building Code" | Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

This publication is really good for communicating in plain speak about EQ risk to your office mates, families neighbors, and a few preparedness reminders even for ourselves 😉

July 30, 2019 PEER has just issued Publication No. 2019/05 titled “Expected Earthquake Performance of Buildings Designed to the California Building Code.” The brochure was authored by Grace S. Kang, Sifat Muin, Jorge Archbold, Bitanoosh Woods, and Khalid Mosalam. This publication is issued joint...

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