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Our SAFRR team focuses on building partnerships to improve the use of natural hazards information. We identify information needs and gaps and develop new products that make our science more available to users such as emergency managers, community members, or decision-makers. These efforts increase public safety and reduce economic losses caused by natural hazards.

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Recent Staff Change

Recent Staff Change

SAFRR says farewell to Dr. Lucy Jones as she retires and welcomes Dr. Ken Hudnut as the new Science Advisor for Risk Reduction.

SAFRR Resources

SAFRR works with a number of partners and facilitates science communication and product development to bring together and provide a number of resources, some of which we link here:

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Tuktu Bluffs of the Alaska North Slope
May 23, 2017

Budget Focuses on Core USGS Science and Efficiency

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March 20, 2017

Seal Beach, Calif.— A new collaborative study shows evidence of prior abrupt sinking of the wetlands near Seal Beach, caused by ancient earthquakes that shook the area at least three times in the past 2,000 years, according to researchers.

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Tsunami Messaging Image
September 2, 2016

SAFRR brings together tsunami and communication experts to discuss potential changes to safety messages, based on improved scientific understanding of Hawaii's tsunami hazard.

Tsunami Awareness Image
September 1, 2016

Students at Art Center College of Design learned about tsunamis from SAFRR partners in natural science, social science, and emergency management, then designed a fun, engaging, multi-faceted awareness campaign.

HayWired Scenario ShakeMap
March 15, 2016

The HayWired project is an earthquake scenario currently underway to model and study impacts on the San Francisco Bay area from a Mw 7.05 earthquake on the Hayward fault.

Get your science used Circular
March 3, 2016

This USGS Circular addresses the challenges natural scientists face when communicating their science to people outside their fields and, based on the expertise of social scientists and other risk communicators, provides guidelines to those seeking to improve their products.

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March 2, 2016

Tsunami awareness public service announcements come from collaboration among the USGS SAFRR team, outside partners, and Pasadena's Art Center College of Design.

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March 2, 2016

ShakeOut, an scenario model was developed to understand the impacts and implications of a hypothetical but realistic 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. Pairing robust science with state-of-the-art modeling and visualization tools, ShakeOut is an accessible and effective message to enhance community preparedness and resilience to earthquakes.

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March 2, 2016

An existing technological capability (not yet implemented in CA) for providing a few seconds of advance notification before arrival of earthquake-generated seismic waves causing ground shaking, with current efforts underway to move forward with providing users with the means to utilize the system for warning and preparedness action plans.

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March 2, 2016

What persuades someone to heed a debris flow or wildfire evacuation warning? SAFRR partners in emergency management are especially interested in the results of this study, now underway with Columbia's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.

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March 2, 2016

SAFRR is now a partner in the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience project, a 3-year pilot collaboration to promote community resilience in the face of a wide range of public health emergencies.

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March 2, 2016

Bringing together seismologists, emergency managers, risk communication researchers, and design professionals to develop a framework for earthquake probability messages for both emergency managers and the general public.

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March 2, 2016

Worked with USGS California Volcano Observatory (CalVO) and California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to plan and stage a workshop to raise awareness, increase buy-in, and gather information for a volcano hazards annex to the California's State emergency plan.

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March 2, 2016

A modeled scenario of U.S. West Coast winter storm events induced by the formation of Atmospheric Rivers (AR) and capable of causing massive and devastating flooding.

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March 4, 2016

Hazards Tools

A quick-reference selection of Natural Hazards resources, including links available through the USGS and products or publications

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Get your science used—Six guidelines to improve your products
Year Published: 2016

Get your science used—Six guidelines to improve your products

Suzanne C. Perry, Michael L. Blanpied, Erin R. Burkett, Nnenia M. Campbell, Anders Carlson, Dale A. Cox, Carolyn L. Driedger, David P. Eisenman, Katherine T. Fox-Glassman, Sherry Hoffman, Susanna M. Hoffman, Kishor S. Jaiswal, Lucile M. Jones, Nicolas Luco, Sabine M. Marx, Sean M. McGowan, Dennis S. Mileti, Morgan P. Moschetti, David Ozman, Elizabeth Pastor, Mark D. Petersen, Keith A. Porter, David W. Ramsey, Liesel A. Ritchie, Jessica K. Fitzpatrick, Kenneth S. Rukstales, Timothy L. Sellnow, Wendy L. Vaughon, David J. Wald, Lisa A. Wald, Anne Wein, and Christina Zarcadoolas
ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States west coast
Year Published: 2014

ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States west coast

Earthquake early warning systems use earthquake science and the technology of monitoring systems to alert devices and people when shaking waves generated by an earthquake are expected to arrive at their location. The seconds to minutes of advance warning can allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive...

Burkett, Erin R.; Given, Douglas D.; Jones, Lucile M.
Burkett, E.R., Given, D.G., and Jones, L.M., 2014, ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States West Coast (ver. 1.2, February 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3083, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20143083.
ShakeAlert—An Earthquake Early Warning System for the United States West Coast
Year Published: 2014

ShakeAlert—An Earthquake Early Warning System for the United States West Coast

Erin R. Burkett, Douglas D., Given, and Lucile M. Jones
Burkett, E.R., Given, D.G., and Jones, L.M., 2014, ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States West Coast: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3083, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20143083
The search for geologic evidence of distant-source tsunamis using new field data in California: Chapter C in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario
Year Published: 2014

The search for geologic evidence of distant-source tsunamis using new field data in California: Chapter C in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario

Wilson, Rick; Hemphill-Haley, Eileen; Jaffe, Bruce; Richmond, Bruce; Peters, Robert; Graehl, Nick; Kelsey, Harvey; Leeper, Robert; Watt, Steve; McGann, Mary; Hoirup, Don F.; Chagué-Goff, Catherine; Goff, James; Caldwell, Dylan; Loofbourrow, Casey
The search for geologic evidence of distant-source tsunamis using new field data in California: Chapter C in <i>The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario</i>; 2014; OFR; 2013-1170-C; The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Open File Report 2013-1170); Wilson, Rick; Hemphill-Haley, Eileen; Jaffe, Bruce; Richmond, Bruce; Peters, Robert; Graehl, Nick; Kelsey, Harvey; Leeper, Robert; Watt, Steve; McGann, Mary; Hoirup, Don; Chagué-Goff, Catherine; Goff, James; Caldwell, Dylan; Loofbourrow, Casey
Public-policy issues associated with the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario: Chapter M in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario
Year Published: 2013

Public-policy issues associated with the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario: Chapter M in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario

Johnson, Laurie; Real, Chuck
Public-policy issues associated with the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario: Chapter M in <i>The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario</i>; 2013; OFR; 2013-1170-M; The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Open File Report 2013-1170); Johnson, Laurie; Real, Chuck
Tsunami mitigation and preparedness activities in California: Chapter L in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario
Year Published: 2013

Tsunami mitigation and preparedness activities in California: Chapter L in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario

Wilson, Rick; Miller, Kevin
Tsunami mitigation and preparedness activities in California: Chapter L in <i>The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario</i>; 2013; OFR; 2013-1170-L; The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Open File Report 2013-1170); Wilson, Rick; Miller, Kevin
Emergency management response to a warning-level Alaska-source tsunami impacting California: Chapter J in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario
Year Published: 2013

Emergency management response to a warning-level Alaska-source tsunami impacting California: Chapter J in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario

Miller, Kevin M.; Long, Kate
Emergency management response to a warning-level Alaska-source tsunami impacting California: Chapter J in <i>The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario</i>; 2013; OFR; 2013-1170-J; The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Open File Report 2013-1170); Miller, Kevin M.; Long, Kate
Potential Environmental and Environmental-Health Implications of the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario in California: Chapter F in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario
Year Published: 2013

Potential Environmental and Environmental-Health Implications of the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario in California: Chapter F in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario

Plumlee, Geoffrey S.; Morman, Suzette A.; San Juan, Carma
Potential Environmental and Environmental-Health Implications of the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario in California: Chapter F in <i>The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario</i>; 2013; OFR; 2013-1170-F; The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Open File Report 2013-1170); Plumlee, Geoffrey S.; Morman, Suzette A.; San Juan, Carma
The SAFRR tsunami scenario-physical damage in California: Chapter E in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario
Year Published: 2013

The SAFRR tsunami scenario-physical damage in California: Chapter E in The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario

Porter, Keith; Byers, William; Dykstra, David; Lim, Amy; Lynett, Patrick; Ratliff, Jaime; Scawthorn, Charles; Wein, Anne; Wilson, Rick
The SAFRR tsunami scenario-physical damage in California: Chapter E in <i>The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario</i>; 2013; OFR; 2013-1170-E; The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Open File Report 2013-1170); Porter, Keith; Byers, William; Dykstra, David; Lim, Amy; Lynett, Patrick; Ratliff, Jaime; Scawthorn, Charles; Wein, Anne; Wilson, Rick
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Crystal Lake Wildfire Reconstruction Field Work

Cal State Fullerton Professor Matthew Kirby and undergraduate student Jeremy Cordova return to the shore of Crystal Lake after stabilizing a coring platform.

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March 20, 2017

Seal Beach, Calif.— A new collaborative study shows evidence of prior abrupt sinking of the wetlands near Seal Beach, caused by ancient earthquakes that shook the area at least three times in the past 2,000 years, according to researchers.