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News, updates and announcements from EERI-NC
February 2013
In This Issue
Letter From the President
2012 Chapter Awards
February Chapter Meeting
San Francisco Soft-Story Ordinance
Follow us on Facebook
YouTube Hayward Fault Scenario
Important Dates

Feb. 13, 2013: informal chapter dinner at EERI Annual Meeting
Feb. 20, 2013February Chapter Meeting at ABAG


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Letter From the President  


I am very pleased to serve as the new president of the EERI-NC Chapter. During my two year tenure, I look forward to many opportunities to get our chapter members involved in achieving our mission of reducing the earthquake risk in Northern California. We can do this by building a stronger network, engaging with other Chapter members both professionally and socially, and by attending two upcoming events!


The first of these events will be an informal dinner on Wednesday February 13 for any Northern California Chapter members attending the EERI Annual Meeting in Seattle.  All are invited and those interested should join me and your other Chapter members in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Seattle at 7:30pm.  Depending on how many attend, we'll decide on where to go.  Please send me an email if you are sure to attend, or just show up at the meeting spot.  


The second event will be our February Chapter meeting in the Bay Area on February 20th (look for details later in this newsletter). 


I look forward to seeing you at these events and invite you to get to know a colleague that you've never met during each event.  Find out where they work, where they went to school, what motivated them to attend this event, and what inspires them each day to get out of bed and work to understand and mitigate earthquake risk.  If we all do this, we can become more than just a group of 600 professionals; we can strengthen our dedicated group of engaged, multi-disciplinary, friendly colleagues who are willing to get involved! 


Heidi Tremayne

President, EERI-NC Chapter


2012 Chapter Awards to Susan Garcia and UC Berkeley   

This year's Chapter Awards for "Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction" went to Susan Garcia and the University of California at Berkeley.

Susan Garcia was nominated for her enthusiasm, dedication and tireless public service through public outreach related to earthquake safety, and for her role in helping organize and promote the innovative Bay Area Earthquake Alliance.


The University of California, Berkeley was nominated for its innovative and sustained efforts to improve earthquake safety and resilience through its Seismic Action Plan for Facilities Enhancement and Renewal (SAFER) and its Disaster Resistant University program. These efforts initially were led by former Chancellor Robert Berdahl, Vice Provost Nicholas Jewell, Professor Mary Comerio, and implemented by Sarah Nathe of the Chancellor's Office, the Seismic Review Committee and Vice Chancellor Edward Denton, Capital, Facilities Services with technical guidance from consultant Craig Comartin.  
Associate Vice Chancellor Rob Gayle accepting the award on behalf of UC Berkeley (shown with Mary Comerio, Craig Comartin, Tom Tobriner, Jack Moehle, and Nic Sitar) at the annual chapter holiday party.


Northern California Chapter Meeting

Our next meeting: Earthquake Risk and Building Owner Liability: A New Incentive to Act?


Can building owners be held liable for their buildings in an earthquake? Does finding out more about a building's potential risk increase an owner's liability? Are there practical ways to promote safety and reduce liability?


Come hear Kenneth Moy discuss these issues at our next Chapter meeting, along with the implications of the recent appellate court decision following casualties in the Paso Robles, CA earthquake.


Kenneth Moy has served as Legal Counsel to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and its affiliate entities since 1982, and has looked at both public and private sector liability for earthquake hazards and losses.


When: February 20, 2013, 5:30 to 7:30pm


Where: 101 Eighth St, Association of Bay Area Governments, Oakland, CA (across the street from Lake Merritt BART) 

RSVP: by Monday February 18th. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don't hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

San Francisco Introduces Soft-Story Ordinance


An ordinance to mandate seismic retrofit of wood frame, soft-story buildings with three or more stories and five or more residential units was introduced at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on February 5.  For more information, see the Mayor's press release or the CAPSS website.  


Follow us on Facebook! 


Did you know you can connect with Nor-Cal Chapter of EERI on Facebook? What's not to LIKE about that? Social networking is a convenient tool for staying in touch with colleagues and keeping up to date on local earthquake-related news, events, and opportunities.  It's easy to join: Just search for Nor-Cal Chapter of EERI, click Like, and you can receive brief, useful (and sometimes even witty) monthly posts.  

New Hayward Fault YouTube Summary 

Have you been looking for a way to inspire colleagues and clients to consider and address their earthquake risk?  Try using the Chapter's update of the Hayward Fault Scenario to send your message.  A new 10 minute summary video is now available on the EERI YouTube Channel that describes the possible consequences of a future Hayward Fault earthquake. 


For more depth, consider using the pre-prepared, fully narrated slides to give a presentation titled: "The Coming Bay Area Earthquake, 2010 Update of Scenario for a Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake on the Hayward Fault."  These slides are free and available to use as a resource, and have been pre-recorded as a full 1-hour presentation on YouTube for training purposes.   More information can be found at the Hayward Fault Scenario web page.



The EERI NC Chapter is looking to expand its membership and involve as many Northern Californians as possible in our efforts to reduce earthquake risk.  We encourage you to join now and participate right away!


Annual Chapter Dues are only $25 for regular membership, but are FREE for students, young professionals, and retirees.


Interested?  See the EERI-NC Chapter website membership page

If you are interested in contributing an article or announcement in an upcoming edition of The Quarterly Shake, please contact the editor, Laura Samant.