Earthquake Risk

Title: Earthquake Risk: From Awareness to Action — A Mile-High Challenge Western States Seismic Policy Council Annual Meeting, September 15 – 18, 2002

Publication: The Outcrop, September 2002, p. 21

Serious natural and human-caused hazards challenge the nation today. Every community must strive to protect its population and facilities. Earthquake-hazard professionals continue to apply their skills to help communities mitigate hazards; however, no prescribed formula will protect everyone from everything. The needs often appear to be far greater than the resources: the need to accurately identify and assess the population and structures at risk, the need to convey the correct message to the potential victims, and the need to secure funding and resources to achieve desired mitigation goals.

In view of competing needs, how should local communities address events of low frequency and high consequence? In view of competing needs, how should local communities address events of low frequency and high consequence? How can such communities, in dealing with earthquakes for example, compete with other priorities for scarce resources? What are the specific and realistic ingredients for a given community to make successful leaps from its assessment to effective awareness to best action?

The Colorado Geological Survey is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Western States Seismic Policy Council annual meeting, which will be held at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver September 15-18, 2002. The mission of the Western States Seismic Policy Council is to help reduce future earthquake losses by providing a forum to advance earthquake programs throughout the Western Region and by developing and facilitating the implementation of seismic policies and programs through information exchange, research application, and education.

For more information, visit the WSSPC website at http://www.wsspc.org/events/ac2002/schedule.htm. Field trip descriptions are also online at http://www. wsspc.org/events/ac2002/fieldtrip.htm.

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