The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) implemented an awards program to support its mission to develop seismic policies and share information to promote programs intended to reduce earthquake-related losses. Since 1996, WSSPC awards have been effective in recognizing the hard-working, creative and innovative efforts of those within the earthquake hazards reduction community, brought greater visibility to exemplary programs, projects and products, and facilitated the transfer of successful experiences to other agencies.

  • Awards in Excellence are awarded annually to honor exemplary programs, projects, and products that have significantly contributed to addressing earthquake risk reduction through demonstrated achievements in earthquake mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. One award is selected to receive the Overall Award in Excellence.
  • National Awards in Excellence are awarded every four years in partnership with the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW). These awards recognize organizations and agencies in acknowledgment of their achievements as demonstrated through exemplary programs, projects, and products that address earthquake risk reduction within the United States.
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards are awarded periodically to honor outstanding leaders who are currently practicing, and who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment, level of service, and contribution to earthquake risk reduction throughout their careers.
  • WSSPC Leadership Awards are awarded periodically to honor individuals within the WSSPC membership who have demonstrated sustained leadership benefitting the WSSPC community.

Winners receive a plaque recognizing their achievement during the Awards Banquet at the WSSPC Annual Conference, and have an opportunity to display their winning projects. Descriptions of each awarded individual or program are posted on the WSSPC website.