Quick Quake Briefing: Croatia M6.4 Earthquake of December 29, 2020

The EERI Northern California Regional Chapter is hosting a FREE lunchtime webinar on the December 29, 2020 Croatia earthquake. The M6.4 quake was the strongest recorded in Croatia in 140 years and struck about 30 miles southeast of the capital Zagreb. The earthquake led to widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure. Hundreds of thousands of people were affected and at least 7 were killed. The quick briefing will provide an overview of the earthquake and will include first hand accounts of the earthquake aftermath. The webinar will include time for participants to ask questions of speakers. This quick briefing will be followed up by a more detailed EERI Learning from Earthquakes webinar expected later this year.

When: February 4, 12 – 1:00 pm

Register here

2019 Holiday Party and Awards Celebration

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
 EERI members and their guests are cordially invited to attend the Northern California Chapter’s end-of-year celebration and awards ceremony this year on Thursday, December 12th. Join us for tasty refreshments, good conversation, and some time with friends! Festivities will be held at Arup headquarters in downtown San Francisco, close to Montgomery BART and not far from the AGU conference if you happen to be in town.
Look for an announcement soon of this year’s awardees for leadership, innovation, and outstanding accomplishments in earthquake risk reduction. It’s always a pleasure to highlight a few of our colleagues for their efforts, while also recognizing the hard work going on everywhere in our dedicated community. Please click on the link below to RSVP. (You need not be a Chapter member to attend, but we are grateful for the support and do encourage you to renew or join!)
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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560 Mission St.
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94105
RSVP Today!
Let us know if you have any questions about the event or how to register.
Above all, thank you for your interest in our Chapter! We always welcome feedback on event offerings as well as ideas and volunteers for what to do next!
Your Northern California Chapter BoardDana Brechwald (President)Sharyl Rabinovici (Past-President)Volkan Sevilgen (Treasurer)Anne WeinAnne HulseyBruce MaisonRob OshlanskyMike Meiler

June 3 – ShakeAlert Event (Earthquake Early Warning)

Join us on Monday, June 3rd for a panel discussion of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) issues. The purpose is to engage EERI chapter members with some of the challenging questions surrounding EEW.

Our members advocate for reducing the effects of earthquakes on society, and EEW is an emerging newcomer to the collection of tools that we can use. Most EERI members are aware of EEW concepts and some are skeptical of its usefulness. The panel will aim discuss these concerns…so make sure to attend this exciting discussion!

The panel will feature three of our local experts:

  • Jennifer Strauss, UC Berkeley; Regional Coordinator for ShakeAlert, Northern  California; Vice-Chair, ShakeAlert Joint Committee for Communication, Education, and Outreach
  • Sara McBride, United States Geological Survey, Mendenhall Fellow – Research Social Scientist; Social Science Coordinator – ShakeAlert
  • Alejandro Cantu, SkyAlert USA, CEO

This panel will briefly introduce current plans for EEW followed by active discussion about possible concerns including questions from the audience.

Date: Monday, June 3, 2019

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm (5:30pm mixer; 6pm Program)

Location: ARUP, 560 Mission St # 700, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Google Maps)

RSVP: By May 28th by emailing us at chapterinfo@eerinc.org. (However, don’t hesitate to bring along a last-minute friend, classmate, or co-worker.)

Note: This event is free. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

April 11 – Legislative Panel & Student Mixer Event

Join us on April 11th for our first event of 2019, a panel discussion about the recent legislative efforts by EERI and SEAOC to mitigate earthquake risk in our home state. This event is also our annual mixer with local student chapters.

The panel will feature three of our local experts:

  • Danielle Mieler of the EERI California Public Policy Subcommittee
  • Kevin Moore of the SEAOC State Legislative Committee
  • Zahraa Saiyed of the EERI National Public Policy Committee

This panel will tap into the excitement around public policy action for earthquake risk mitigation, which was a common theme of discussion at the EERI Annual Meeting in March. The event will give our members an opportunity to become more informed about these matters affecting our communities and professional lives. You will also be able to share your perspective about what role you would like our EERI-NC chapter to play.

Before the panel, there will be a one-hour mixer with members of our local student chapters. They recently participated in the Student Design Competition at the Annual Meeting and are excited to share about their experience! Please join us in congratulating them on all of their hard work this year. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: 5:30pm to 8pm (5:30pm Student Chapter Networking Hour, 6:30pm Program)

Location: The EPICENTER, 245 Third street, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (Google Maps)

RSVP: By emailing us at chapterinfo@eerinc.org by April 9th (However, don’t hesitate to bring along a last-minute friend, classmate, or co-worker.)

Note: This event is free. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

2018 EERI-NC Holiday Party December 6

December is right around the corner, which calls for celebrations! Please save the evening of Thursday, December 6 to celebrate another year with the EERI Northern California Chapter. This year the party will be at Arup’s new office in downtown Oakland, which is steps from the 12th Street Bart station and has spectacular views of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay. Come mingle with friends and colleagues while enjoying delicious food and drinks!
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – whenever you get tired!
Location: Arup Oakland, 1330 Broadway, 13th floor, Oakland
Please RSVP to chapterinfo@eerinc.org by December 2nd, 2018

November 13 – Learning from Earthquakes: Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Training

On the evening of November 13th, join us for an interactive training for participation in EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) program!
Learning from Earthquakes:
Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Training
Date:  Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time:  5:30 pm Dinner & Registration, 6 pm-9 pm Program
Location:  Arup Oakland, 1330 Broadway, 13th Floor, Oakland
Dinner is provided
EERI staff will introduce post-earthquake reconnaissance data collection goals, methods, and clearinghouse tools. You will then participate in a simulated field exercise, and try out the new LFE business resilience survey.
After the training, we will discuss and define ways that our Northern California EERI Chapter can assist its members and the broader community in the wake of a major California earthquake, including potential ways to use Chapter reserves, such as funding a mini-grant program to support reconnaissance travel, novel research, or community needs. Dinner provided. Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

November 7 – Joint EERI-NC/Stanford Distinguished Lecture: Dr Reginald DesRoches

Your EERI NorCal Chapter is pleased to announce co-sponsorship of a talk by EERI 2018 Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Reginald DesRoches on November 7th, 2018, in association with and hosted at Stanford University:

EERI 2018 Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Reginald DesRoches

The Promise of Smart Materials in Earthquake Resistant Design

Date:  November 7, 2018

Time:  4:30 pm

Location:  Cubberly Auditorium, 485 Lausten Mall, Stanford University

Reception to follow


Damage from recent earthquakes underscores the importance of developing new approaches and technologies to improve the performance of structures during earthquakes. The presentation will highlight applications of one class of smart materials, shape memory alloys, in improving the performance of structures subjected to earthquake loading. Shape memory alloys belong to a class of shape memory materials which can undergo large deformations while reverting back to their original, undeformed shape. This unique property has led to the development of numerous applications in the biomedical, aerospace, and commercial industry. A multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach is taken to explore the potential use of these systems for applications in earthquake engineering. Component testing, full-scale testing, and detailed analyses show great potential for these systems to significantly improve the earthquake performance of steel-frame buildings, nonductile concrete buildings, and bridges.

Reginald DesRoches is the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, and holds faculty appointments in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in structural engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. A fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE), and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), DesRoches’ research focuses on the design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads and the application of smart and adaptive materials.  DesRoches serves on the National Academies Resilient America Roundtable, the Board on Army Science and Technology, the Global Earthquake Modeling Scientific Board and the advisory board for the Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure andEmergency Management Research Center. He chaired the ASCE’s Seismic Effects Committee and the executive committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering.  Among DesRoches’ honors are the 2015 ASCE Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, the 2007 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the 2008 Georgia Tech ANAK Award, which is the highest honor the undergraduate student body can bestow on faculty members. He was elected to the UC Berkeley Civil Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2015.

Join/Learn/Participate in our March 28th Event


EERI Northern California Chapter presents:

 Personal Preparedness for Earthquake Professionals:

Stories and Insights from Experts at the Front Line

Wednesday, March 28 2018

ARUP San Francisco

560 Mission St # 700, San Francisco, CA 94105

 6:30pm Refreshments & Mingling

7:00-8:30pm Program

NEW: Spouses, business partners, and adult children are especially

welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Please RSVP by: March 23, 2018


The 2018 Chapter Theme: Raising Our Readiness

This year, the EERI NorCal Chapter is tying Chapter events to the theme of Raising Our Readiness for the next Bay Area big one. The goal is to help our members and the broader Bay Area resilience community in becoming more personally and professionally prepared to safely and confidently ride out, respond, aid, and learn during what will surely be a defining moment in our lives and careers.

 Personal Preparedness for Earthquake Professionals: Event Description

The first event in this series aims to open our eyes and open a dialog about what it means to “be ready” as an earthquake professional. A distinguished panel representing multiple perspectives will share thoughts about the role that personal preparedness played in their experiences with Bay Area disasters from Loma Prieta to the Oakland Firestorm to the recent Sonoma Fires.

Emergency preparedness for the earthquake professional goes way beyond Drop, Cover, and Hold On drills. In order to be able to perform essential services such as building inspections for private clients or the public, advise local first responders and elected officials, engage with the media, conduct research, or record ephemeral data, earthquake professionals must take many of the same preparedness steps as other members of the community. In doing so, we can better help the community understand the impacts of the disaster, prevent further damage where possible, communicate accurate information to the public, and serve as a steady presence in the face of such events.

Attendees will learn about appropriate steps to prepare themselves and their families in advance of a disaster, so they can perform at their best when a disaster strikes instead of being focused on personal and family safety. A half-day follow-up workshop (late spring) will allow Chapter members a hands-on, expert led opportunity to go deeper in their personal preparedness practice through activities such as assembling supplies and drafting a family emergency plan.

About the panelists:

  • Susan Piper, Former Assistant to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, United Policyholders Board and Oakland Firesafe Council member


Sue Piper retired 5 years ago after an almost 50 year career in public relations and marketing—the last 8 years she served as a policy analyst to Council Member Jean Quan in the City of Oakland, and then as Mayor Quan’s Communications Manager. A survivor of the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm, she and her husband have dedicated the last 26 years to wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness. They created the Oakland Firestorm Memorial Garden and the Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center under the Oakland Landscape Committee, and both served on the now sunset Oakland Wildfire Prevention Assessment District. Sue currently serves as the chair of the nonprofit Oakland Firesafe Council and as chair of United Policyholders, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for disaster survivors dealing with their insurance before, during and after fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters.

  • Jennifer Lazo, Emergency Manager for City of Berkeley


Jennifer Lazo is an Emergency Services Coordinator in the City of Berkeley, and is responsible for emergency management planning and preparedness, focusing on people with disabilities and seniors.  Her work includes providing inclusive emergency planning and shelter training to City staff and the formation and management of BEACON, a network of organizations that work with people with disabilities and engage in disaster preparedness and planning.  She manages the Community Resilience Center program, which gives community organizations in the City of Berkeley the tools, resources, and training needed to serve as hubs for assistance and information during and following disasters.

She serves as the Vice Chair of the IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus, a Digital Volunteer Lead for the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region, an Earthquake Country Alliance Bay Area Coordinating Committee Chair, and the Co-President of the Alameda County Emergency Managers Association. Jennifer’s Master’s thesis at the University of Delaware was titled “Framing Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities: Analyzing the CALIF V. City of Los Angeles Lawsuit.”  As a graduate research assistant at the Disaster Research Center she worked on projects including studying nursing home disaster preparedness in Delaware, assisting in the development of the Community Resilience Index with Johns Hopkins University, and performing quick response research following Superstorm Sandy. ​

  • James Malley, S.E. Group Director and Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers


James O. Malley, S.E., is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Malley has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures, and is involved in the peer review of numerous tall building projects.  He was responsible for the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project in response to the Northridge earthquake damage. Mr. Malley is Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the Past-Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee. Jim has served as a member of the SEAONC and SEAOC Board of Directors, and was President of SEAONC in 2000-2001 and SEAOC in 2003-2004. He was named a SEAOC Fellow in 2007 and an Honorary Member of SEAONC in 2014. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of NCSEA, serving as President in 2010-1011. Mr. Malley was also a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of EERI and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Technology Council.

Dec 13 2017 End-of-Year Celebration and Awards Presentation


You are cordially invited to our 2017 End-of-Year Celebration and Awards Presentation!

Join us Wednesday, 12/13/2017, 6:30pm to 10:00pm

The Main Event Center
(Enter on Steuart St.)
(Less than 10 min walking from BART Embarcadero Station)
December is approaching, which calls for celebrations! Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 13th 2017 to celebrate another year with EERI Northern California Chapter. This year, we are gathering at a hip new space that a local tech giant recently made available for nonprofit events in the community. With Excellent view of the bay bridge, decent food and drinks, heart-warming awards, and finally a couple of hours off to connect with friends and colleagues, let’s bring the party on!
Please RSVP by: December 4, 2017

Nov.8 & 9 – Life Safety in the City: when there is more to life than not being crushed

In this distinguished lecture, Dr. Lucy Jones will address the benefits and complexities of organizing resilient cities, risk psychology, and a more resilient role of building codes in the event of natural disasters.
The Resilience by Design program adopted by the city of Los Angeles, to address earthquake vulnerabilities, brought together the earth science, earthquake engineering and public policy professions and worked with hundreds of community organizations to get approval for sweeping seismic resilience legislation. Since their inception, building codes have been based on a principle that safety is the only valid concern of government. The reality of a major earthquake is that the failure of a building impacts the whole community through economic disruption, population decreases, and cascading failures of engineered and social systems. This talk will explore a conceptual framework for creating a building code that reflects the realities of earthquake losses and the social dynamics of shared economic decisions.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lucy Jones
RSVP now for Wednesday, November 8.
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: EPICENTER (Please refer to here for detailed directions)
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members, Attendance limited RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email chapterinfo@eerinc.org to RSVP

RSVP now for Thursday, November 9.
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: East Bay MUD Administration, 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607-4240
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members and EBMUD employees
Attendance limited, RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email chapterinfo@eerinc.org to RSVP

About Dr. Lucy Jones:
Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Big Ones (Doubleday, April 2018) and is also a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. The aim is to understand and communicate where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and what actions can be taken to reduce the risks that are the most cost-effective. Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction through seismological research and integrated disaster scenarios.

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