Earthquake Emergency Handbook for First Responders and Incident Commanders
This handbook has been created for rural communities with limited resources and is intended to guide response within the first 48 to 72 hours after an earthquake – before State and Federal assistance is available. The February 21, 2008 M6.0 Wells, Nevada earthquake provided the impetus for the development of the handbook. The number one “lesson learned” stated in the emergency response section of the Wells earthquake disaster review was the need to develop an earthquake emergency handbook for Incident Commanders in similar situations. The handbook is available as a pocket-sized document for use in the field or as a pdf: Earthquake Emergency Handbook
To order multiple copies of the pocket-sized handbook (free):
Utah Division of Emergency Management
c/o John Crofts
State Office Building, Room 1110
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-1201
WSSPC Basin and Range Province Earthquake Working Group II Recommendations (2012)
The Basin & Range Province Earthquake Working Group II met in November 2011 for the purpose of making consensus recommendations to the U.S. Geological Survey on eight seismic hazard issues in the Basin & Range Province. The meeting was convened under the auspices of WSSPC, USGS, and the Utah Geological Survey. Utah Geological Survey Open-File Report 591 is the product of that meeting.
Utah Geological Survey Open-File Report 591: “Recommendations to the U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazard Mapping Program for the 2014 Update of the National Seismic Hazard Maps” (2012)
WSSPC Report 2011-01: Tsunami Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness: A Perspective from State and Territory Tsunami Programs in the High Tsunami Risk Pacific Region (2011)
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.
WSSPC Report 2011-01: “Tsunami Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness: A Perspective from State and Territory Tsunami Programs in the High Tsunami Risk Pacific Region”
WSSPC Basin and Range Province Earthquake Working Group Recommendations (2006)
Recommendations to the U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazard Mapping Program, May 2006. Available as Utah Geological Survey Open File Report 477. Superceded by Utah Geological Survey Open-File Report 591.
Utah Geological Survey Open File Report 477
WSSPC Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summits Proceedings (1998 and 2005)
In 1997 and 2004, WSSPC hosted summits to characterize seismic hazards in the Basin & Range Province and identify policies and means of communication that will effectively reduce the loss of life and property. Proceedings were published as Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publications 98-2 and 05-2.
Summit I Proceedings (1998), 22 MB
Summit Proceedings: Basin and Range Province Summit II (2005) 107 MB
WSSPC Post-Earthquake Technical Clearinghouse Workshop Proceedings (2001)
In 2001, WSSPC held a workshop to discuss a joint post-earthquake technical clearinghouse plan for the western states besides California. The Proceedings of the Workshop are available in print and can be ordered using the Publications Order form. The model clearinghouse plan is available here: WSSPC Model Clearinghouse Plan.
Pacific Northwest Transportation Vulnerability Study (2001)
WSSPC and the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) helped fund this Project Impact study, which contains the economic impacts of earthquakes on the Seattle-Tacoma transportation corridor. The graphics and maps are available in a 16-page color brochure. The project website mentioned in the first study is no longer operational.
Port to Port Transportation Corridor Earthquake Vulnerability (report)
Port to Port Transportation Corridor Vulnerability Mitigation (brochure)