National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 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.
Matthew Wall is the Executive Director of the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC). Prior to his current role, he worked almost 12 years at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in multiple positions such as Emergency Support Team Coordinator and Hazard Mitigation Program Manager and Coordinator. Mr. Wall served as the Fire Captain for the City of Richmond for 26 years. He received a bachelor's degree in urban studies and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Q: What is the background/history of your organization?
A: The WSSPC was initially formed in 1979 when multiple states, commissions, councils, and agencies became inspired to coordinate efforts. The inspiration to create the council was driven by the 1977 Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act and the establishment of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) in 1978. In 1996, the WSSPC incorporated and received its 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status. Read More >