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SSA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Earthquakes & Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest

13 Nov 2007

SSA, EERI and IRIS, in coordination with the Congressional Hazards Caucus and the Congressional Hazards Caucus Alliance (http://www.hazardscaucus.org/) sponsored a well-attended public briefing on Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest on October 11, 2007 in Rayburn House Office Building.

The presentations, aimed at Congressional staffers, were:

Moderator
William Ellsworth, President of the Seismological Society of America

Speakers

Craig Weaver, Western Region, Earthquake Hazards Team, U.S. Geological Survey
Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest - Understanding the Hazards

Mark Stewart, Hazards Mitigation Strategist, Washington State Emergency Management
The Seattle Fault Earthquake Scenario and Preparing for Such Events

Paul Whitmore, Director of the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, NOAA
Tsunami Warning Systems and Disseminating the Message

Lori Dengler, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Lessons Learned from Crescent City: Tsunami Mitigation and the Role of Education

SSA is an active participant in the Hazards Caucus Alliance, an information network of professional, scientific, and engineering societies, relief organizations, higher education associations, institutions of higher learning, trade associations, and private companies. The alliance supports the efforts of the Hazards Caucus in Congress. The primary goal of the Hazards Caucus Alliance is to develop a wider understanding within Congress that reducing the risks and costs of disasters is a public value. That requires educating Members and staff about the costs of these disasters to their districts and states, and the benefits their constituents will realize through greater efforts to understand, prevent, and mitigate all hazards.

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