National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2018
Upcoming Events & Disaster Conference News
Hosting Opportunity - 2019

Would you like to have a QuakeSmart event in your community? Now is the time to request one!

FLASH is currently seeking host communities for a limited number of QuakeSmart events to be presented during 2019.  The one-day Ready Business QuakeSmart Program allows users to take action to protect employees, protect customers, and help ensure business continuity as well.

Once completed the Ready Business Program will provide attendees with the tools to plan, take action, and become a Ready Business by addressing preparedness and mitigation for your Staff, Space, Systems, Structure, and Service.

Some of the requirements for hosting an event include the availability of a venue capable of holding up to 100 attendees. Additionally, a volunteer planning committee composed of state and local officials is required to be able to help FLASH staff secure speakers for the day and coordinate the event.

Click here for more information or contact Mike Rimoldi at
  • March 5-8, 2019EERI 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 America (SSA) Annual Meeting - Seattle, Washington
  • Late February/Early March, 2020 - National Earthquake Conference, San Diego, California
Partner Profile 
Janet Ruiz
Partner Profile - Janet Ruiz 

Janet is the California representative for the Insurance Information Institute and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ruiz joined the I.I.I. in January 2015, bringing with her 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. She worked for almost 10 years with the California office of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, the 150-year-old insurance company that specialized in entertainment, commercial and high net worth homeowners insurance. At Fireman's Fund, she was responsible for external communications, including strategic communication planning and media relations. Prior to joining Fireman's Fund, she held positions in public affairs, management (CEA unit), and underwriting with State Farm Insurance Company for 16 years, also in California. Ruiz has worked in video and photography production and has done volunteer work in community and public relations nationally.

Ruiz has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. She earned a chartered property and casualty underwriter designation (CPCU) and an associate's designation in management from the Insurance Institute of America. 

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

A: For nearly 60 years, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) has been the leading independent source of objective information, insight, analysis and referral on insurance for a wide range of audiences, including: Consumers, insurance professionals, the media, government and regulatory organizations, educational institutions and students.

The I.I.I.'s mission is to improve public understanding of insurance-what it does and how it works. And with this goal in mind, our website, blog and social media channels offer a wealth of research, white papers, videos, articles, infographics and other resources to inform and educate-while the annual Insurance Fact Book is the definitive research resource of its kind.

The I.I.I. is an industry supported organization, but does not lobby for insurance businesses; instead, our central function is to provide accurate and timely information on insurance subjects.60, the "Triple I" has had a single mission: To improve public understanding of insurance-what it does and how it works. We here to serve everybody: consumers; students and educational institutions; insurance professionals; government and regulatory organizations; and the media.  Read More >
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