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WSSPC's mission is to develop seismic policies and share information to promote programs intended to reduce earthquake-related losses.
Tsunami Preparedness Week March 24-30, 2013
Find out what you can do to prepare.
The 2012 WSSPC Annual Report is available for download as a pdf.
Draft Policy Recommendations Available for Review
The Draft Policy Recommendations that will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting May 3 are available here.
2012 Members' Agency Earthquake Program Reports
WSSPC Members' Agency Reports are available here.
WSSPC Plans "Communicating with Policy Makers" Workshop
WSSPC will hold a 3-hour workshop with invited speakers the afternoon of May 2 after the National Earthquake Program Managers meeting and Awards in Excellence Luncheon in Seattle at the Marriott Downtown Seattle/Lake Union Hotel. $40 covers the luncheon and workshop. Register here.
WSSPC Sets 2013 Annual Meeting Schedule
WSSPC will hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the National Earthquake Program Managers meeting in Seattle. The WSSPC meetings will kick off with an Awards Luncheon Thursday May 2, followed by a Workshop and Committee meetings. The WSSPC Board and Annual Business Meeting will meet Friday May 3 in the morning. We will wrap up by noon on Friday. Click here for the latest meeting agendas.
National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting Registration Opens
The 2013 meeting will be held at the Marriott Downtown Seattle/Lake Union hotel April 30-May 2. Visit http://eqprogram.net to register before April 1.
Winter 2013 eNewsletter Released
Awards in Excellence Winners, WSSPC Annual Meeting and more...Read and download the newsletter here.
2013 WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award
The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) is pleased to announce that Charles R. "Chuck" Real was awarded the 2013 WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award in Earthquake Risk Reduction. WSSPC created the award to recognize outstanding leaders in earthquake risk reduction. This person will have demonstrated throughout his or her career an extraordinary commitment, level of service, and contribution to the application of earthquake risk reduction to public policy.
Chuck Real's Background Information
Chuck Real's Press Release
2013 Awards in Excellence Winners Announced
Oregon Emergency Management was named the winner of the Overall WSSPC Award in Excellence in 2013 for the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program. Four other winnners were also named.
Awards in Excellence Winners
Awards in Excellence Press Release
WSSPC Members Approve 2012 Policy Recommendations and
Two policy recommendations were adopted by the WSSPC members at the Annual Business Meeting April 10. Starting in 2012, the policies will now have a new format that includes an Executive Summary. The 2012 policies are available here.
Basin & Range Province Earthquake Working Group II Makes Recommendations to USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Program
BRPEWG II met in November 2011 for the purpose of making consensus recommendations to the U.S. Geological Survey on 8 seismic hazard issues in the Basin & Range Province. The meeting was convened under the auspices of WSSPC, USGS, and the Utah Geological Survey. The Working Group’s report to the USGS is available here.
National Earthquake Conference/EERI Annual Meeting Presentations Available
Presentations from the 2012 joint conference are available at http://2012am.eeri.org/conference-presentations.
WSSPC Members Vote in 3 Board Members for 2012-2014 Terms
John Madden (EM-AK) and Vicki McConnell (GS-OR) were voted unanimously to continue on the WSSPC Board and Dave Norman (GS-WA) was voted to replace Bob Swenson (GS-AK) when his term expires. All three terms begin December 1, 2012 for 2 years. A current list of Board members is found here.
WSSPC Moves Office
We didn’t go far! Our new headquarters is in Suite 1236 in the same building - 801 K Street, Sacramento. We are co-located with the California Geological Survey’s headquarters. Our phone numbers remain the same.
2011 WSSPC Annual Report Now Available
The 2011 WSSPC Annual Report has been completed and is now available here.
Approved Minutes of WSSPC 2011 Annual Business Meeting
The minutes from the 2011 Annual Business Meeting were approved by the WSSPC members and are available here.
WSSPC Releases Tsunami Report
WSSPC has released WSSPC Report 2011-01: "Tsunami Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness: A Perspective from State and Territory Tsunami Programs in the High Tsunami Risk Pacific Region". The report, prepared by WSSPC members from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington and the Pacific territories of Guam, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, documents the importance and effectiveness of the state and territorial tsunami programs to prepare local communities at high risk for future damaging tsunamis. The press release is available here.
DATES & DEADLINES...
April 1, 2013
Deadline for WSSPC Awards Luncheon, National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting Registration and Hotel Room Block Rates. See http://eqprogram.net for details.
Submission deadline for Spring 2013 e-newsletter. Please submit articles of interest regarding program successes, career changes, new research and upcoming events to the WSSPC office.
April 17, 2013
Utah Earthquakes and You - It's Personal
Town Hall Meeting hosted by Seismological Society of America
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 30-May 2, 2013
National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting
May 2, 2013
WSSPC Awards Luncheon (register athttp://eqprogram.net)
WSSPC/CREW "Communicating with PolicyMakers" Workshop
WSSPC Committee Meetings
May 3, 2013
WSSPC Board Meeting
WSSPC Annual Business Meeting
July 15, 2013
Submission deadline for Summer 2013 e-newsletter. Please submit articles of interest regarding program successes, career changes, new research and upcoming events to the WSSPC office.