Disaster Research 212

December 16, 1997

This newsletter is reprinted with the full knowledge and consent of the Natural HazardsResearch and Applications Information Center in Boulder, CO.

Table of contents

  1. CREW: The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup
  2. ASCE and Red Cross Launch Cooperative Disaster Mitigation and Response Effort
  3. EERI Seeks Performance-Based Design Project Director and Steering Committee Members
  4. Help Wanted
  5. Web Spots
  6. Video Catalog Available
  7. Conferences and Training

CREW: The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup

In an effort that recognizes the need for both regional hazardmitigation and public/private cooperation, government and privateenterprise in the Pacific Northwest have formed the Cascadia RegionEarthquake Workgroup (CREW). The group's goals are to promote effortsto reduce the loss of life and property due to earthquakes and otherhazards in the region, develop mitigation initiatives to sustain aviable postdisaster economy, motivate key decision makers to undertakedisaster mitigation, and foster links among key utility andtransportation providers and business and industry.

CREW has formed several project teams to advance mitigation objectivesin the Cascadia region, including teams addressing lifelineperformance, interregional recovery issues, and Japan-U.S. cooperativestudies. CREW members represent a broad range of interests, includinggovernment, corporate, medical, financial, manufacturing, utility, andtransportation groups. The workgroup's efforts address region-wideconcerns as well as activities specific to British Columbia,Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and the coastal area. CREW isfunded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. GeologicalSurvey, the University of Washington Geophysics Program, and theNational Science Foundation.

For more information on the workgroup, contact Bill Steele, Universityof Washington Seismology Laboratory, Pacific Northwest SeismicNetwork, Box 351650, Seattle, WA 98195-1650, or see the CREW homepage: www.geophys.washington.edu/CREW/index.html.

ASCE and Red Cross Launch Cooperative Disaster Mitigation and Response Effort

[Taken from "NCEER Information News" - a newsletter of the NationalCenter for Earthquake Engineering Research]

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American RedCross have initiated a cooperative program that will encourage ASCEmembers at the local level to volunteer their expertise in disastermitigation and recovery. Last summer the two organizations signed astatement of understanding that calls on ASCE members at theSection/Branch level to assist local Red Cross units in disaster-related work. As part of the agreement, ASCE will work to heightenmember awareness of the need for volunteer support in predisastermitigation and postdisaster relief and recovery activities, such asinspection, assistance with building codes, consultation on standardsand zoning, and damage mapping. Ideas, comments, and suggestions onthis project are welcome. Contact ASCE staff managers Jay Etris orMarla Berman, tel: 1-800-548-2723.

EERI Seeks Performance-Based Design Project Director and Steering Committee Members

As part of a cooperative agreement with the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA), the Earthquake Engineering ResearchInstitute (EERI) has undertaken a project to produce an "Action Plan"for developing performance-based design criteria and the toolsnecessary for engineers to communicate performance concepts tobuilding owners, building officials, and other design professionals.FEMA intends to use the Action Plan to initiate a long-termperformance-based design program for new and existing construction.EERI will begin this process by commissioning a set of issue papersand organizing a workshop to discuss and revise the papers and toprovide information needed for the action plan.

The project will be overseen by a project director and a projectsteering committee. The committee will include representatives fromengineering research and practice, other relevant professions,building officials, and building owners.

EERI is currently soliciting statements of qualification from personsinterested in serving on the committee or as the director.

To obtain complete information about this project and the positionsthat EERI seeks to fill, contact EERI, 499 14th Street, Suite 320,Oakland, CA 94612-1934; (510) 451-0905; fax: (510) 451-5411; e-mail:eeri@eeri.org; WWW: www.eeri.org.

Help Wanted

Alachua County Emergency Management
Alachua County, Florida
P.O. Box 1467
Gainesville, FL 32602
(352) 374-5219

Bachelor's degree in public administration, public safety, planning oremergency management and one year professional/technical levelexperience in emergency management or related field; or any equivalentcombination of training and experience. Valid state of Florida driverslicense with no moving violations within six months required at timeof employment. Computer skills, knowledge/training in MS window-basedsoftware, weather related emergency preparedness, emergency managementprograms desirable. Applications and resumes are subject to disclosureunder the Florida Public Records Law.

An Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Employer:
Applicants with disabilities will be accommodated in the applicationprocess. Preference in initial appointment will be given to eligibleveterans and spouses of veterans. All offers of employment will becontingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug test.

Craig Fugate, Emergency Manager
Alachua County, Fl
Office of Emergency Management

Web Spots

The Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG) of theNational Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has just publishedthis inaugural issue of "WeatherZine," an informal newsletter servingscholars and practitioners interested in the relation of society andweather. The site includes interesting statistics on the societalaspects of weather, as well as sections on floods, lightning,agriculture, the general public, and upcoming events. The newsletteris available both on the Web and by e-mail. To subscribe to the e-mailversion of WeatherZine, send an e-mail message to thunder@ucar.eduwith the subject line "Subscribe Zine". Include your name and thee-mail address you would like the newsletter sent to. WeatherZine, andits parent WWW site, accept and encourage the submission ofactivities, events, or links of interest to the community. Suchinformation should be e-mailed to thunder@ucar.edu.

The Web site of the National Emergency Management Associationincludes information on NEMA's history, publications, committees, andmembership, as well as lists of upcoming conferences, information onregional communications, updates on current legislation and otherfederal issues, and state contact information. Of particular interestis NEMA's extensive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) data base.This index tracks all federally funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Programprojects. Currently, it includes over 600 projects in 32 states. Thedata base is intended to help state hazard mitigation officers shareideas and design practicable hazard mitigation projects.

We've mentioned the Web site of the Earthquake EngineeringResearch Institute (EERI) before, but it deserves a second mention(and second look) since it has recently been updated with a searchfacility allowing users to research back issues of the EERI journal,"Earthquake Spectra," and to search the membership roster. Inaddition, new features include: a "News of the Institute" section, acomprehensive publications list, and on-line and downloadable versionsof EERI's Earthquake Basics Briefs series.

The latest edition of the "U.S. Geological Survey Yearbook" isavailable electronically for the first time on the World Wide Web atthe above address. Traditionally a compilation of brief articles onthe progress of major research of the USGS, the yearbook also includescontact information for key Survey personnel and partner organiza-tions. The on-line version provides all of this information to usersaround the world, as well as a gateway to thousands of pages of dataand information that the USGS already has available on the World WideWeb. Highlights include essays about flooding and debris flows inMadison County, Virginia; the Kobe earthquake; the USGS role inhurricane response; the use of GIS in disaster management; and othernatural hazards issues.

This earthquake education site includes an earthquake quiz, arotating globe showing earthquake locations, famous accounts ofearthquakes, an animated portrayal of how earthquakes occur, a historyof early seismology, and, of course, links to numerous additionalearthquake Web sites.

A few issues ago we mentioned the flood and hurricane helpinformation available from www.housenet.com/articles/Saf_Sec/STORM.HTM.What we failed to mention was that the information provided on floodrepair is taken from the booklet "Repairing Your Flooded Home,"prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross.That booklet is available free by calling FEMA at (800) 480-2520 or bycontacting your local Red Cross chapter. In addition, it is posted onthe Red Cross Web site at the address above. Indeed, a largecollection of individual and community disaster preparedness andrecovery information is available from the Red Cross via the net; theURL for the index of these materials is

Video Catalog Available

The United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction(IDNDR) Secretariat has recently published an "IDNDR Video Catalogue,"containing a list of videos received by the secretariat from 1990 to1995. This index represents an initial step by the secretariat to actas a clearinghouse on natural disaster videos, and the secretariatrequests that persons or organizations with pertinent videos send acopy and a summary so that their video can be mentioned in futureeditions of this catalog. The 37-page publication is available free bycontacting the IDNDR Secretariat, United Nations, Palais des Nations,CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; (41-22) 7986894; fax: (41-22) 7338695;e-mail: idndr@dha.unicc.org. In the near future, this information willbe placed on the IDNDR World Wide Web site: hoshi.cic.sfu.edu/hazard/idndr.html.

Conferences and Training

These are the latest conference announcements we've received. Mostprevious issues of DR contain additional notices. For a*comprehensive* list of upcoming disaster-related meetings andtraining, see our World Wide Web page: adder.colorado.edu/~hazctr/Home.html

Multiple Workshops on Critical Incident Stress Management. Sponsor:International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Greeley,Colorado: January 16-19, 1997. Contact: ICISF, 5018 Dorsey Hall Drive,Suite 102, Ellicott City, MD 21042; (410) 730-4311; fax: (410)730-4313.

International Symposium on Earthquakes and People's Health:Vulnerability Reduction, Preparedness, and Rehabilitation. Sponsor:World Health Organization, Center for Health Development. Kobe, Japan:January 27-30, 1997. The symposium will be conducted in English.Contact: World Health Organization Center for Health Development, KobeChamber of Commerce and Industry Building, 6-1, Minatojima-Nakamachi,Chuo-ku, Kobe 650, Japan; tel: +81 78 303 1200; fax: +81 78 303 1306;e-mail: wck@who.or.jp; WWW: www.who.or.jp.

Annual Meeting of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). (Themeeting will be largely devoted to reviewing proposed changes in the"National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program [NEHRP] RecommendedProvisions"). Site to be determined: January 28-30, 1997. Contact:BSSC, 1201 L Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-7800; fax: (202) 289-1092; e-mail: cheider@nibs.org.

Society for Risk Analysis Forum on "Risk of Extreme and Rare Events(with Applications to System Acquisition, Natural and Man-MadeHazards, and Infrastructure Management)." Washington, DC area:February 10-11, 1997. Contact: Society for Risk Analysis, 1313 DolleyMadison Boulevard, Suite 402, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 790-1745; fax:(703) 790-2672; e-mail: sraburkmgt@aol.com.

Trade Show: "U.S. Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief 1997."Sponsor: Commercial Service Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan: February 13-14, 1997.Open to all U.S. companies providing emergency management services andproducts. Contact: Ms. Tamami Imai, Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy,Tokyo, Japan; 011-813-3224-5876; fax: 011-813-3589-4235.

1997 Government Risk Management Seminar. Sponsor: Public RiskManagement Association (PRIMA). San Diego, California: February 24-28,1997. Contact: PRIMA, 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1020,Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 528-7701; fax: (703) 528-7966.

EMS Today Conference and Exposition. Sponsor: Journal of EmergencyMedical Services (JEMS). Cincinnati, Ohio: March 19-22, 1997. Contact:Jems Communications, P.O. Box 2789, Carlsbad, CA 92018-2789; tel:1-800-266-5367; fax: (619) 431-8135; WWW: wwwdotcom.com/jems/confrenz/emstoday/emstoday.html.

Seventeenth Annual Hydrology Days. Sponsor: Colorado State University,American Geophysical Union, and others. Fort Collins, Colorado: April14-18, 1997. Contact: Janet Lee Montera, Hydrology Days, CivilEngineering Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO80523; (970) 491-7425; fax: (970) 491-7727; e-mail: jmontera@vines.colostate.edu; WWW: www.lance.colostate.edu/depts/ce/index.html; and, www.agu.org/meetings/hd97top.html.

Dissemination Technology Conference - A Meeting to Present and SeekInformation Regarding Plans and Technologies for National WeatherService Dissemination of Weather and Hazards Information to thePublic. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Commerce. Washington, D.C.: April15, 1997. Contact: Ann Radding, National Weather Service, W/OSO153,SSMC#2, RM 17100, 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910;(301) 713-1724, ext. 154, or (212) 645-1127; e-mail: ann.radding@noaa.gov

1997 North American Snow Conference. Sponsor: American Public WorksAssociation (APWA). Kansas City, Missouri: April 27-30, 1997. Contact:APWA, 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite #500, Kansas City, MO 64108-2625;(816) 472-6100; fax: (816) 472-1610.

Eighth U.S. National Conference on Wind Engineering. Baltimore,Maryland: June 5-7, 1997. Contact: Nicholas P. Jones, 8th U.S.National Conference on Wind Engineering, Department of CivilEngineering, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218-2686;(410) 516-7874; fax: (410) 516-7473; e-mail: 8usncwe@jhu.edu; WWW:www.ce.jhu.edu/~8usncwe/index.html.

Tenth International Disaster Management Course. Offered by theDisaster Preparedness Centre, Cranfield University. Swindon,Wiltshire, U.K.: July 29-August 29, 1997. Contact: DisasterPreparedness Centre, Cranfield University, RMCS, Shrivenham, Swindon,Wiltshire SN6 8LA, U.K.; tel: 44 1793 785287; fax: 44 1793 782179;e-mail: disprep@rmcs.cranfield.ac.uk.

Fire Rescue International 97. Sponsor: International Association ofFire Chiefs (IAFC). Dallas, Texas: August 23-27, 1997. Contact: IAFCConference Department; (703) 273-0911; fax: (703) 273-9363; e-mail:iafcconf@aol.com; WWW: www.ichiefs.org.

Training of Trainers in Disaster Management and Protection. Offeredby: Oxford Centre for Disaster Studies. Oxford, England: September 1-12, 1997. Contact: OCDS, P.O. Box 137, Oxford OX4 1UE, England; tel:44 1865 202772; fax: 44 1865 202848; e-mail: 100612.1153@compuserve.com.

1997 Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) AnnualConference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: September 7-10, 1997. Abstractsdue March 1, 1997. Contact Susan Sorrell, Conference Coordinator,ASDSO, 450 Old East Vine, Second Floor, Lexington, KY 40507; (606)257-5146; fax: (606) 258-1958.

Thirteenth Semiannual Meeting of the Floodplain ManagementAssociation. Sacramento, California: September 10-12, 1997. ContactJames Owen, 4145 Maybell Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306-3820; (415) 493-7198; e-mail: hjowen@aol.com; WWW: home.navisoft.com/fldplnma.

40th Annual Meeting of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG'97) (including sessions on seismic hazards of Cascadia). Portland,Oregon: September 30-October 4, 1997. Contact: Gary Peterson, AEG '97Chair, c/o Squier Associates, Inc., P.O. Box 1317, Lake Oswego, OR97035; (503) 635-4419; e-mail: garyp@squier.com; or, Julie Keaton,Meeting Coordinator, 130 Yucca Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336-3233; (520)204-1553; e-mail: AEGjuliek@aol.com.

Seventh International Symposium on Society and Resource Management.Hosted by the Social Science Unit and School of Natural Resources,College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University ofMissouri-Columbia. Abstracts and proposals due November 15, 1997.Columbia, Missouri: May 27-31, 1998. Contact: MU Conference Office,Continuing Education and Extension, 344 Hearnes Center, University ofMissouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211.

Local Authorities Confronting Disasters and Emergencies Conference.Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: June 26-July 1, 1998. Contact: DaveHodgins, Managing Director, 10351 - 96 Street, Edmonton, Alberta,Canada T5H 2H5; (403) 496-3766; fax: (403) 496-1518; e-mail:disaster@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca; WWW: www.freenet.edmonton.ab.ca/disaster.

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