National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2019
Upcoming Events & Disaster Conference News
"Crowdsource the Codes" Challenge Now Underway 

Nearly all U.S. cities, counties, jurisdictions, and towns are reflected in the new database at  as part of the No Code. No Confidence. initiative, but we need your help to continue strengthening the unprecedented tool for individuals, families, and leaders. If you are one of the next 50 users to provide new or updated information by clicking through the site, you will receive a free "Be Code Confident" t-shirt or comparable gift.
The site offers an easy-to-understand "Red, Yellow, Green, Black" code status analysis, and includes FAQs and "Relevant Resources" with background information and commonly asked questions about residential building codes. You can also request a free "Partner Toolkit" with downloadable assets, including animations, images, videos (including a  PSA featuring meteorologists from  The Weather Channel), and more.
Please visit the site today to verify that the database is current for your location. If there are any discrepancies in the data or if you have additional insights you would like to provide, please use the feedback feature, email us at, or call us toll-free at (877) 221-SAFE.
Dr. Lucy Jones
Dr. Lucy Jones to Headline 2020 National Earthquake Conference

The 2020 National Earthquake Conference (NEC2020) Program Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Lucy Jones, founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society and a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, will headline the conference with a keynote address.

Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities' ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. With a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT, Dr. Jones served 33 years with the U.S. Geological Survey, researching approaches to earthquake clustering and short-term probability of foreshock and aftershock sequences. She created methodologies for assessing earthquake probability that have been the basis for all earthquake advisories issued by the State of California. She served on the Board on Natural Disasters, the Resilient America Roundtable, National Research Council, the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation, and the California Seismic Safety Commission.

Dr. Jones developed the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut , that encompassed over 60 million participants around the world in 2018. Her pioneering science was recognized with the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, the Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union, the 2016 William Rodgers Distinguished Alumni Award from Brown University, the 2017 Distinguished Lecture Award of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and most recently, the 2018 Frank Press Medal from the Seismological Society of America.

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About the NEC

The 2020 National Earthquake Conference is hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), and FEMA. The NEC provides a unique opportunity for academia, building code experts, design/build professionals, FEMA directorates, first responders, geologists, local emergency managers, insurance and reinsurance professionals, local and tribal governments, private sector interests, public information officers, state government leaders, social science practitioners, U.S. State and Territorial Earthquake Managers, USGS leadership, and volunteers to share the latest advances in earthquake science, best practices for outreach and education, building science and code advancement, and policy initiatives that improve resiliency.
Partner Profile 
Sonny Beauchamp
Partner Profile - Sonny Beauchamp 

Mr. Sonny F. Beauchamp is an Emergency Management Program Specialist for FEMA Region II. He joined FEMA in September 1989 as a local hire in the Human Services Branch. In September 1995, he became a Hazard Mitigation Counselor and Grants Specialist at FEMA Region II Caribbean Area Division (CAD). In addition to his previous Hazard Mitigation duties, Beauchamp is presently in Preparedness and also participates in Response (Operations Branch), and Recovery activities, providing support to the PREMB and the U.S. Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA).

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

A: FEMA's mission is to help people prepare, respond to and recover from natural disasters. We believe hazard mitigation is a crucial part of this process to promote safer communities by reducing loss of life and property damage.  Read More >
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