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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