National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2019
Upcoming Events & Disaster Conference News
National Earthquake Conference Site Selected 

Save the date for the 2020 National Earthquake Conference (NEC) set for March 4 - 6 at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina San Diego. Every four years, the NEC brings together seismic stakeholders to address the science, policy, and practical developments in the earthquake and tsunami safety realm. The 2016 conference drew worldwide experts; inspired an immediate increase in financial support for earthquake safety research; and generated an ongoing, global dialogue about challenges the U.S. faces with seismic risk.  

Click here to view 2016 NEC conference outcomes , and here to read the 2016 media impact report. Stay tuned for more details in upcoming editions of the National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter.
  • March 5-8, 2019 - EERI 2019 Annual Meeting, Reaching Resilience Faster by Working Together - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • April 22-26, 2019 - National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting - Salt Lake City, Utah 
  • April 23-26, 2019 - Seismological Society of American (SSA) Annual Meeting - Seattle, Washington
  • March 4-6, 2020 - National Earthquake Conference - San Diego, California
Partner Profile 
Evan Reis
Partner Profile - Evan Reis 

Evan Reis is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the US Resiliency Council (USRC). 

Reis co-founded the nonprofit in 2011 as a way to educate building stakeholders and the public about the gap between the growing sustainability movement and true resilient-based design. His goal is to teach others that many buildings are built to have a low impact on the environment, but they aren't built for the environment to have a low impact on them.
Reis has a bachelor's and master's degree in structural engineering from Stanford University. He played a key role in establishing the university's long-term seismic resilience program following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. 

Q: What is the background/history of your organization?

A: The USRC was founded in 2011 as an outgrowth of a committee that was developing a way to rate buildings relative to their earthquake performance. Following a FEMA funded workshop that brought together stakeholders such as, owners, lenders, insurers, government, designers, and builders, it was clear that there was a strong demand for a credible rating system. The rating system needed to consider damage and recovery time in addition to building safety so that rational, social, and economic decisions could be made about design and retrofit. 

The USRC was established, much like the USGBC was for sustainability, to provide a technically credible, objective, and meaningful process for measuring building performance in earthquakes and other natural hazards. It was also established to promote the value of investing in more resilient design to both the public and private sector. 

The USRC received technical support from more than 40 leading earthquake engineering companies, as well as all the major earthquake engineering professional organizations including: ATC, EERI, PEER and SEAOC. Today the USRC has more than 75 members and is one of the key contributors to the growing discussion of resilience nationwide. Read More >
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