2011 Year End Report now available

The Board of the EERI NC Chapter has just approved and posted the 2011 Year End Report. View the 2011 Report.

Panel discussion about SPUR’s Resilient City Initiative hosted by USGS

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The USGS invites all EERI NC Chapter members to attend and contribute to a Discussion Panel on “Making Your City Resilient to Earthquakes.”

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Venue: USGS, Menlo Park in the Building 3 Auditorium (Campus Map and Directions).

The Panel Discussion starts the second day of a two-day Workshop on Earthquake Hazards in Northern California. The workshop is free and open to all. The first day of the Workshop, on Tuesday, January 24, is devoted to scientific presentations and discussions of the problems of estimating earthquake hazard in Northern California. Please visit https://sslearthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/workshop/ to register and to obtain additional information about both the scientific sessions and this important Panel Discussion.

The Panel Discussion on the Resilient City Initiative, which has been spearheaded by SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) represents a critical step for both earthquake preparedness and earthquake response, and the panel discussion will challenge the earthquake mitigation and planning communities to consider how to implement this initiative, not only in San Francisco, but throughout the Bay Area and California.

Download the full Meeting Description and Agenda (pdf file, 50 KB)

February Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Join your Chapter Colleagues at the February EERI-NC Chapter Meeting about Mitigation and Insurance!  As always, light food and drink will be provided.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Venue: ABAG Auditorium, 101 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 View Google Map

RSVP: chapterinfo@eerinc.org Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

Topic: Mitigation and Insurance: A combined approach to earthquake resiliency
Janiele Maffei, California Earthquake Authority

EERI-Northern California Chapter President Janiele Maffei joined the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) as Chief Mitigation Officer (CMO) in May 2011. With her experience as a Structural Engineer, Ms. Maffei will be managing the CEA’s California Residential Mitigation Program. The program was created to provide rebates to California homeowners who retrofit their dwellings. As CMO, Ms. Maffei will also manage CEA research and educational programs on earthquake mitigation.

In November 2011, Ms. Maffei traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand to observe damage to residential structures from ground shaking, liquefaction, and lateral spreading. As a guest of the New Zealand Earthquake Commission, the EQC, she met with engineers, geologists, contractors, and building officials. Christchurch is a laboratory for the study of recovery efforts as nearly 100% of homes were insured for earthquake damage and the EQC is managing all of the repair work. The area also provides an opportunity to observe the effects of ground failure due to earthquakes on single family dwellings. At the February EERI-NC meeting Ms. Maffei will describe the CEA, the Mitigation Program and lessons learned from the recent Christchurch earthquakes.

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