SAFRR - Science Application for Risk Reduction
March 6, 2014
Lucy Jones Invited To Speak to Inland Empire
Dr. Lucy Jones was invited to be the keynote speaker at the League of California Cities Inland Empire Division meeting on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in San Bernardino, California. The League of California Cities is the state association that represents California cities, and the Inland Empire Division serves as the local chapter for 15 cities in San Bernardino County. The event is typically attended by mayors, council members, state and county legislators and representatives, city managers, and public safety other municipal staff with attendance ranging from 70-100 attendees.
February 14, 2014
SAFRR Partnership Efforts Continue for Earthquake Early Warning (EEW)
We continue to work in partnership with the Earthquake Program and Earthquake Science Center to support the development of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) for the western United States. Lucy Jones together with Doug Given, Earthquake Early Warning coordinator, have served on a California working group to advise the state legislature which has completed its work. Next steps include a series of working groups to complete planning for the California system. The result of this working group so far is a charter to create a process for developing the implementation plan for an EEW system. SAFRR has also funded University of Kentucky's school of risk communication to provide focus group testing of possible early warning messages.
February 13, 2014
Dr. Lucy Jones Presents Seminar for Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
On Thursday, February 13th, Dr. Lucy Jones presented a seminar "Where Does the Fault Lie?" to members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Jones was invited to address questions arising regarding earthquakes and seismic safety surrounding concerns of risks for the Hollywood area.
January 29, 2014
Dr. Lucy Jones Joins Resilience Round Table
Dr. Lucy Jones has agreed to serve as the USGS representative to the Resilience Roundtable of the National Research Council whose goal is to address challenges in working toward a more resilient America. Dr. Jones joined a first meeting with the roundtable on January 29th. An outcome was the formation of five working groups, amongst which Lucy is part of the Communications group.
January 27-30, 2014
SAFRR Joins Headquarters for NHMA Retreat
SAFRR team members Sue Perry, Lucy Jones, Erin Burkett, Dale Cox, Kristin Ludwig, and Sandra Dedeaux joined a NHMA retreat together with the headquarters USGS Natural Hazards group in Reston, VA on January 27th to 30th. The retreat was especially beneficial for the SAFRR group to strenghten communication with headquarters, for newer members to be introduced and have a chance to meet fellow colleagues in person, to share updates on various efforts, and take part in working group goals aimed and improving plans, processes, and communications.
January 16-17, 2014
SAFRR Coordinates and Participates in Northridge Earthquake 20th Anniversary Events
The SAFRR team helped coordinate plans for the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, January 17th, 2014. Discussions and proposed ideas from earlier coordination meetings developed into planned events and new resources, including a website providing Northridge Earthquake resources such as a calendar of events, lessons-learned, facts, modeled Northridge-sized earthquakes on other faults, and interviews of experts and people who experienced ground-shaking in the Northridge quake. On January 15th at 7 pm, Dr. Lucy Jones gave a public lecture in Northridge in reminder of our need to increase resiliency given vulnerabilities of our modern infrastructures that are untested by large earthquakes. SAFRR team members and others from the USGS joined in a two-day symposium (Jan. 16-17) coordinated by Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) members. The symposium brought together policy makers, government officials, building officials, engineers, earth scientists, emergency managers, building owners, neighborhood and community leaders, and financial services industry professionals to share impacts of, accomplishments since, and steps forward from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
2013 AGU Fall Meeting Presentations by SAFRR Staff
* Lucy Jones - Public lecture "Imagine an America without Los Angeles: Natural Hazards and the Complexity of Urban America" - Sunday 12/8 12:00-1:00pm in Moscone South- Room 102.
* Anne M. Wein et al. - NH41B-1718. "SAFRR Tsunami Scenario: Economic Impacts and Resilience"
* Erin R. Burkett - NH43B-1746. "Cascading Disaster Assessment for the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario"
* Stephanie Ross et al. - NH54A-07. "The SAFRR Tsunami Scenario: Improving Resilience for California from a Plausible M9 Earthquake near the Alaska Peninsula"
* Geoffrey S. Plumlee et al. - NH54A-08. "Environmental and Environmental-Health Implications of the USGS SAFRR California Tsunami Scenario"
On Sunday, December 8th, from 12:00-1:00 pm, Dr. Lucy Jones gave the public lecture at the American Geophysical Union's 2013 Annual Fall Meeting, "Imagine an America without Los Angeles: Natural Hazards and the Complexity of Urban America." In her presentation she shared vulnerabilities of our modern society to natural disasters, with an emphasis on the importance of recognizing the intertwined nature of system components. Various interdependencies themselves increase vulnerability through the potential for failures to cascade into further triggered consequences. For instance, dependence of many systems on the availability of working internet is just one example in which failure can lead to disruption in many other services such as transportation, power and communications. For more information on the public lecture go to: AGU 2013 Fall Public Lecture .
December 3, 2013
SAFRR Team Retreat
SAFRR team members, including Lucy Jones, Sue Perry, Erin Burkett, Kristin Ludwig, Dale Cox, and Sandra Dedeaux, met on December 3rd and 4th for a group retreat to welcome Dale and Kristin to the team and organize plans and goals. Outcomes included better understandings of our roles and tasks and increased awareness of each others projects, expertise available, and preferred directions.
November 18, 2013
Tsunami Walkouts Planned
March, 2014 brings the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Alaskan "Good Friday" earthquake and tsunami, which caused destruction in many parts of the Pacific basin. To commemorate this disaster and increase tsunami awareness, on Nov 18, 2013, SAFRR assembled tsunami awareness professionals from the USGS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California Office of Emergency Services, California Geological Survey, and the counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, and Ventura to discuss the staging of public events around southern California during the week surrounding March 27, 2014. This preliminary discussion launches months of planning and collaboration with grassroots and other organizations, including steps to encourage proposed public WalkOut events in which participants would walk a route that begins in a tsunami danger zone and leads to a tsunami safe zone.
September 4, 2013
USGS Releases the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario Report
SAFRR releases the Tsunami Scenario report describing two years of work to study the potential implications of a tsunami caused by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake offshore of the Alaskan Peninsula. A multi-disciplinary team including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Geological Survey (CGS), and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) looked at what such an event could mean to the coastal residents, visitors, infrastructure, economy, and environment in California. The report is published jointly as a report of the USGS and CGS, available through USGS publications on September 4th.
Upon the release, the California Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program is convening a series of workshops with the USGS to explain the results of the study to stakeholders in the coastal communities of California. The workshops are hosted by the Cabrillo Aquarium (Sept. 4), Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (Sept. 5), San Diego County Office of Emergency Management (Sept. 6), Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Management (Sept. 9), and the Port of San Francisco (Sept. 10).
The intended users of the Tsunami Scenario are those who need to make mitigation decisions before tsunamis and will need to make rapid decisions during and after tsunamis. The intent is that new information provided by the Tsunami Scenario will help these important players understand the context and consequences of their decisions.
August 23, 2013
SAFRR Contributes to Understanding of Evacuation Behaviors
SAFRR has partnered with social and behavioral scientists at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Earth Institute, Columbia University (url: http://cred.columbia.edu/) to create a virtual simulation system that will improve public understanding of debris flows and enable researchers to better understand how people make decisions about evacuation when a debris flow or wildfire threatens. As part of this project, CRED mails surveys to southern Californians with recent evacuation experience. To determine where to send the surveys, CRED relies on USGS volunteer James Carter, who carefully monitors local radio, web, and television for weather, fire, and evacuation updates. Carter provides the local eyes and ears needed to target participants accurately and updates his reports daily during active fires. SAFRR disaster scientist Sue Perry says "a number of SAFRR partners in emergency management, in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange Counties, have indicated great interest in this study and Jim Carter's careful, dedicated effort has been a great asset as we proceed." Contact: Sue Perry, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 14, 2013
Lucy Jones presents on Earthquakes and ARkStorm at LAX for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
Lucy Jones spoke at LAX on August 14th, 2013, presenting on earthquake and flooding risks in California. The presentation was part of a "Prepare" series organized for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) staff to help toward LAX preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. Dr. Jones covered topics including vulnerabilities to the probable next large San Andreas earthquake, as demonstrated by the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario, along with risks associated with even less frequent but potentially more disastrous winter storm flooding events as outlined with the ARkStorm Scenario (http://www.usgs.gov/natural_hazards/safrr/projects/arkstorm.asp). Pamphlets were provided for the ShakeOut Scenario and earthquake preparedness ("Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country") to encourage awareness of available resources.
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July 8-9, 2013
SAFRR, Art Center, and others collaborate in an Earthquake Risk Communication Design Storm
On July 8-9th, 2013, the USGS met at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design for an Earthquake Risk Communication Design Storm, in a project coordinated by the SAFRR team that brought together seismologists, emergency managers, risk communication researchers, and design professionals to develop a framework for earthquake probability messages for emergency managers and the general public. The seismologists provided guidelines for earthquake information that can be produced, the emergency managers explained what they need to do their jobs and help inform people what they need to be safe, the risk communication researchers helped advise on theories of how people perceive risk and what approaches lead to action or are known to not work, and the Art Center designers helped develop possible interfaces to present effective messages incorporating guidance from all of the above. The outcome included several sets of promising possible earthquake early warning messages and approaches, including potential sounds, phone and television application interfaces, and creative awareness training ideas in the form of mascots or PSAs. Following the Design Storm, the candidate messages will be tested with focus groups by the researchers at the Division of Risk Communication at the University of Kentucky.
Sue Nami public service announcement now available online
Sue Nami, a tsunami awareness PSA resulting from collaboration between the USGS SAFRR team and the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, is now available online. For more information, see the Sue Nami Project. Vimeo | Behind the Scenes
April 19, 2013
$5 Million in UASI Funding for EEW Secured by USGS Partnerships
USGS scientists Lucy Jones and Doug Given participated in a press conference at the LA City Emergency Operations Center with Mayor Antonio Villaragosa to announce $5 million in funding from the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) to ANSS partner institution Caltech for Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system development, for which USGS efforts were integral in securing (see LA Times article).
May 6-7, 2013
Lucy Jones speaks at IAPH 28th World Ports Conference about Tsunami Risk and Mitigation Tools
Dr. Lucy Jones speaks at the International Association of Ports and Harbors 28th World Ports Conference, May 6th and 7th at the JW Marriott at LA live in Los Angeles, for an audience of over 500 registrants from around the globe. The presentation includes an emphasis on awareness of port vulnerabilities to tsunamis, examples of scientific tools useful for preparedness and mitigation efforts such as tsunami simulation results from research work with collaborator Dr. Patrick Lynett, potential benefits to reaching out to scientists for information useful for hazard mitigation, and provision of USGS contact information for facilitating access to related resources and means of communication with scientists.
July 23, 2013
Dr. Erin Burkett presents "Summer of Safety" Seminar for Capital Group
On July 23rd, SAFRR staff scientist Dr. Erin Burkett gave an invited presentation "Understanding Your Earthquake Risk in Southern California" as part of a "Summer of Safety" brown bag lunch series for employees and safety team members of Capital Group, a company in downtown LA serving investors and financial institutions. For an audience of about 100 attendees in a lecture hall on the 55th floor of the downtown Los Angeles Bank of America high-rise, Dr. Burkett gave an overview of earthquake science along with risk specific to Southern California, shared current updates on projects underway including development efforts for Earthquake Early Warning, provided links to SAFRR and USGS resources for scientific and preparedness information, and addressed a variety of questions following the talk. For questions or more information contact: Erin Burkett, firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1, 2013
SAFRR and LA Children's Hospital Convene a Meeting on Children and Earthquakes
SAFRR team members Lucy Jones, John Bwarie, and Erin Burkett co-convened a meeting with LA Children's Hospital representatives at the LA City Emergency Operations Center July 1, 2013 to bring together participants representing various libraries, museums, and children's centers around Los Angeles to discuss "Earthquakes, Children, and the Future of LA". The meeting consisted of short presentations, including "Earthquake Risk in Los Angeles" by Lucy Jones and "Special Considerations for Children in Earthquakes" by Jeffrey Upperman from CHLA, followed by break-out group discussions on current strategies and safety measures as well as gaps and opportunities to be addressed in future meetings and efforts. A major focus of the talks and discussions was on addressing vulnerabilities specific to children, and in particular, how to help ensure that museums, libraries, children's centers or daycares can develop and have emergency plans in place to effectively provide water, food, shelter, safety, instructive guidance, and care for children that might become separated and stranded from their families in the event of an earthquake that severs LA transportation and supply lifelines.
June 14, 2013
SAFRR Partners with Hawaiian Civil Defense to Assist Tsunami Messaging Efforts
Over the next several months, the State of Hawaii will decide changes to its tsunami messaging and - to ensure that the new messages strengthen existing education - Hawaiian Civil Defense has sought advice outside traditional tsunami messaging circles by requesting assistance from SAFRR to connect with researchers in risk communication and risk perception. Thus Sue Perry assembled a group of partners to serve as advisors to State of Hawaii. The group's expertise comprises socio-linguistics, psychology, anthropology, marketing, design, public health, and health policy, and includes Columbia's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Art Center College of Design, School of Public Health at Hunter College, UC Los Angeles Center for Public Health and Disasters, and the Rand Corporation. The group has participated in phone and email discussions to draft an informal set of best practices and recommendations which Hawaiian Civil Defense has requested that SAFRR co-author as a white paper. The results will also help to inform future outreach within SAFRR. This is a pilot effort in SAFRR to explore new ways to share expertise with partners inside and outside the USGS. For more information contact: Sue Perry, email@example.com.
June 6, 2013
Erin Burkett Presents on Earthquakes and Seismic Instrumentation at CSTE Annual Meeting
USGS staff scientist Erin Burkett spoke at the annual meeting of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in Pasadena, California on June 9th. Her presentation was part of the "Disaster Epidemiology: From Fukishima to Super Storm Sandy" workshop and covered an overview of earthquake science and instrumentation, including a demonstration of seismic equipment. The invited purpose was to further educate epidemiologists on earthquakes and related hazards for exposure assessment. The audience consisted of a variety of cancer, infectious, chronic, disease, and environmental epidemiologists who enthusiastically received the presentation and came away with a new awareness of available USGS resources. For more information contact: Erin Burkett, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 1, 2013
"Living in Earthquake Country: Los Angeles and the Big One" - Dr. Lucy Jones presentation at LA Natural History Museum
Dr. Lucy Jones presented a public lecture at the LA Natural History Museum and hosted questions from attending public members. A podcast of the talk is available. Also see information about her presentation and the LA Natural History Museum First-Fridays program.
February 25, 2013
Welcoming Dr. Erin Burkett to USGS and the SAFRR Project
Erin completed a bachelor's degree in Physics at the University of Delaware (2004) and a doctorate in Geology/Geophysics at the University of California, Davis (2010). Erin most recently worked as a Geophysics post-doctoral researcher with Caltech (2010-2012), where her experiences with leading tours of the Caltech Seismological Laboratory and the USGS Media Center exposed her to the work and collaborations with USGS Natural Hazards projects, leading to her interest in and opportunity to join the SAFRR team. Erin was hired in February as a Geophysicist working with the SAFRR team to add a combination of scientific expertise with writing, artistic design, and communication skills to ongoing efforts to engage users and increase the use of USGS science. Erin Burkett's Professional Page