SAFRR - Science Application for Risk Reduction
March 14, 2014
ARkStorm@Tahoe Exercise in Reno, NV
ARkStorm@Tahoe Emergency Response Exercise: Over the last two years, the Tahoe Science Consortium, together with USGS SAFRR, have convened a series of workshops with over 300 stakeholders and interested communities such as federal, state, and local agencies, tribal representatives, natural resource managers, non-governmental organizations, business leaders, and scientists to discuss the impacts of the ARkStorm scenario on the Tahoe Basin, Reno, Sparks, and Carson City, Nevada. The effort, called ARkStorm@Tahoe, will incorporate ARkStorm these threats into an emergency response exercise and planning in the region and to identify social and environmental vulnerabilities. The ARkStorm@Tahoe emergency response exercise will take place on March 14, 2014: 8:30-3:00 a the Washoe County Regional Emergency Operations Center, 5195 Spectrum Blvd, Reno, NV.
February 28, 2014
The First Sue Nami
SAFRR has been working with students at the Designmatters program at Art Center College of Design to develop a trio of videos, each a 1-minute public service announcement to increase tsunami awareness among 18-34 year olds. Studies show that this age group is difficult to reach by conventional preparedness messaging - but worth the effort, because they are more likely than most other age groups to take action, once reached. SAFRR brought in experts from natural and behavioral sciences, emergency management, education, and public health to brief the students about tsunami issues, and work with the class to ensure accurate scientific content. A rough cut of this class-developed movie was shown to partners and colleagues in summer, 2013. Based on received comments, the end of the PSA was re-done, and the final version is now completed and available on YouTube.
February 19, 2014
Dr. Lucy Jones to Advise the City of Los Angeles on Earthquake Vulnerabilities
SAFRR has just entered a technical assistance agreement with the City of Los Angeles to create recommendations for approaches that could reduce future losses from earthquakes in the City of Los Angeles in four areas. These areas were identified in the ShakeOut Scenario (Jones et al., 2008) as areas of particular vulnerability with high social consequences for Los Angeles and are: 1) pre-1975 non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings; 2) pre-1997 soft-first-story buildings; 3) the water system infrastructure including its impact on firefighting capability; and 4) communications infrastructure.
In each area, the project will define the scope of the problem, engage stakeholders of Los Angeles to consider approaches to reducing the problem and develop policies, engage experts as necessary to address technical constraints to the possible approaches, and finally create recommendations for the Mayor of Los Angeles on what can be done to reduce the impacts of these vulnerabilities. To accomplish these goals, Dr. Lucy Jones will be spending three-quarters of her time in the next year on this project.
Tsunami Walk: Event Planning, Partnerships, and Tsunami Week
SAFRR scientist Sue Perry developed a "Tsunami Walk Template" to help groups and organizations that want to stage a public safety drill in 2014, particularly during Tsunami Preparedness Week (March 23-29). Many will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Alaskan "Good Friday" earthquake and tsunami. SAFRR also worked with a graphic designer to create a logo and poster for Tsunami Walks in 2014, based on a campaign prototype developed by students at Art Center College of Design (http://www.designmattersatartcenter.org/proj/the-next-wave/). The template, logo, and poster, are in use by partners and posted on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program website. NOAA-National Weather Service in Oxnard, California, will add the branding to tote bags being printed for their event. NOAA-Tsunami Education Program, Alaska Region, will adapt the graphics to fit the look of Alaskan beaches.
February 7, 2014
Protecting Glendora From Debris Flows
SAFRR scientist Sue Perry represented the USGS among some two dozen officials from local and federal agencies including city of Glendora, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, US Forest Service, and National Weather Service. The group discussed public safety plans for the city of Glendora, where the recent Colby fire has increased debris flow hazard for the next 3-5 years. Using USGS debris flow hazard assessments as a foundation for planning, the city of Glendora spearheaded a plan that includes a four-color alert system, uniform messaging, public meetings, and extensive citizen outreach before during and after debris flow alerts.
- 3/6/2014: Lucy Jones Invited To Speak to Inland Empire
- 2/14/2014: SAFRR Partnership Efforts Continue for Earthquake Early Warning (EEW)
- 2/13/2014: Dr. Lucy Jones Presents Seminar for Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
- 1/29/2014: Dr. Lucy Jones Joins Resilience Round Table
- 1/27-30/2014: SAFRR Joins Headquarters for NHMA Retreat
- 1/16-17/13: SAFRR Coordinates and Participates in Northridge Earthquake 20th Anniversary Events
- 12/2013: 2013 AGU Fall Meeting Presentations by SAFRR Staff
- 12/3/2013: SAFRR Team Retreat
- 11/18/13: Tsunami Walkouts Planned
- 9/4/13: USGS Releases the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario Report
- 8/23/13: SAFRR Contributes to Understanding of Evacuation Behaviors
- 8/14/13: Lucy Jones presents on Earthquakes and ARkStorm at LAX for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
- 7/8-8/13: SAFRR, Art Center, and others collaborate in an Earthquake Risk Communication Design Storm
- 5/13: Sue Nami public service announcement now available online
- 4/19/13: $5 Million in UASI Funding for EEW Secured by USGS Partnerships
- 5/6-7/13: Lucy Jones speaks at IAPH 28th World Ports Conference about Tsunami Risk and Mitigation Tools
- 7/23/13: Dr. Erin Burkett presents "Summer of Safety" Seminar for Capital Group
- 7/1/13: SAFRR and LA Children's Hospital Convene a Meeting on Children and Earthquakes
- 6/14/13: SAFRR Partners with Hawaiian Civil Defense to Assist Tsunami Messaging Efforts
- 6/9/13: Erin Burkett Presents on Earthquakes and Seismic Instrumentation at CSTE Annual Meeting
- 5/6/13: Lucy Jones speaks at IAPH 28th World Ports Conference about tsunami risk to ports and mitigation tools
- 4/29/13: Seismologist Warns 'More Earthquakes' Coming to SoCal - CBSLA KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO
- 4/21/13: Quakes & Water: Lucy Jones of USGS and Jeff Kightlinger of MWD - NBC News Conference
- 4/20/13: Early quake warning system for Southern California gets $5 million - LA Times article
- 4/19/13: Southern California gets $5 million for earthquake warning system - 89.3 KPCC Public Radio article
- 4/19/13:USGS To Get $5M For SoCal Early Quake Warning System - CBS LA NewsRadio article
- 4/15/13: Lucy Jones presents to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about earthquake impacts on downtown LA - DVIDS U.S. Army Corps article
- 3/27/13: Lucy presents on Earthquake Preparedness at LA Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Alliance Annual Symposium
- 3/1/13: Lucy Jones Presenting First Fridays Science Discussion at LA Natural History Museum: "Living in Earthquake Country" (Info and Podcast)
- 2/25/2013: Welcoming Dr. Erin Burkett to USGS and the SAFRR Project
- 1/11/12: USGS Natural Hazards Risk Reduction Project Goes National - USGS Science Feature article