Jeanne Perkins receives Special Board Award

Jeanne Perkins (left) receives the Life Time Achievements award from Chapter President Janielle Maffei

At the February chapter meeting the Board of Directors presented a special award for “Life Time Achievements in Earthquake Risk Reduction” to Jeanne Perkins. Jeanne was also presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Association of Bay Area Governments and a proclamation from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

From 1975-2006, Jeanne served as the Earthquake and Hazards Program Manager and Principal Scientist for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), conducting cutting edge research and managing innovative projects to help the Bay Area handle natural and man-made disasters. Since retiring from ABAG, Jeanne has continued her work in the field through her private consulting firm.

Jeanne Perkins receives a Certificate of Appreciation from ABAG

Developed by Jeanne in 1995, ABAG is known by many for its comprehensive earthquake and hazards website http://quake.abag.ca.gov which disseminates understandable scientific information about natural hazards to the public and links the information with actions that local governments and residents can take to reduce their risk from these hazards. Two of the liquefaction and shaking hazard maps were developed under Jeanne’s leadership. Over the years Jeanne has produced many landmark reports and her estimates of uninhabitable housing units, displaced people and road closures in the Bay Area are cited often by earthquake professionals. For over 40 years Jeanne has brought immense passion and energy to ensuring that the Bay Area will be able to withstand an earthquake or natural disaster and her efforts will have a lasting impact on the Bay Area.

Career Highlights

  • Earthquake and Hazards Program Manager and Principal Scientist from 1975-2006, conducting cutting edge research and managing innovative projects to help the Bay Area handle natural and man-made disasters
  • Coordinating the development of a multi-jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area, Taming Natural Disasters which was developed with 116 local jurisdictions throughout the region.
  • Developing shaking and liquefaction hazard maps for the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Estimating damaged and destroyed housing units in future Bay Area earthquakes and ideas to mitigate those losses in the report Shaken Awake!
  • Conducting Studies examining the liability of both local governments and private industries for earthquake hazards and losses
  • Estimating earthquake shaking, liquefaction and landslide impacts on the region’s transportation system, including airports, and ways to improve the recovery of that system in the reports Riding Out Future Quakes and Don’t Wing It
  • Spear-heading ABAG’s disaster recovery planning initiative
  • Leading the region to identify and advocate for the retrofit of soft-story residential buildings
  • Developing ABAG’s popular website quake.abag.ca.gov in 1995 which remains a leader in disseminating understandable scientific information about natural hazards to the public and linking the information with actions that local governments and residents can take to reduce their risk from these hazards.

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