National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 5, October 2019
Upcoming Events & Disaster Conference News
Editor's Note: NERC Newsletter Makes the Move to Quarterly
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.
Featured Program 
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills

Following FEMA's National Preparedness Month in September, individuals and communities worldwide will participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills happening across the nation and worldwide. 

This year's annual International ShakeOut Day is set for Thursday, October 17. More than 22.8 million participants including citizens, businesses, and communities worldwide are registered.  Participants practice how to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" and other aspects of their emergency plans. 

According to Mark Benthien, Outreach Director for the Southern California Earthquake Center, "Damaging earthquakes can occur at any time where we work, live, or travel, so everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves from an earthquake." 

ShakeOut participants include schools, businesses, government agencies, community organizations, households, and many other groups. To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to register for free by clicking here. Once registered, participants receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.

Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the safe response to an earthquake is to: 

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby. 

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand 
  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs
HOLD ON until shaking stops
  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.
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