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How we are facilitating mitigation to earthquakes - Vicki McConnell

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2013 EERI Annual Meeting Session: Earthquakes in Cascadia

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How we are facilitating mitigation to earthquakes - Vicki McConnell

  1. 1. Vicki S. McConnell, Ph.D. Oregon State Geologist and Director OR Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries2013 EERI Annual Meeting Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral IndustriesFebruary 13, 2013
  2. 2. “Science” is the Broad based Policy Powerdriver plans development • Champions to• Defensible and fact • Planning and • Try for consensus develop and based – helps if recommended based decisions implement there is a actions • Driven by accepted • Engage media and coordinated • Engagement of science and plans editorials message broader community • Appetite for risk – • Public must be on• Must have applied • Social science insurance to board science • Business business continuity • Science community on board • Health 2013 EERI Annual Meeting Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries February 13, 2013
  3. 3.  Help the citizens understand and empower actions  Use new technology and simple message  Communication never ends Incentivize instead of restrict – within limits  Do need to restrict where necessary  Grant and loan assistance to rehabilitate Educate the children – bring the message home Prepare and drill baby drill 2013 EERI Annual Meeting Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries February 13, 2013
  4. 4. Science is the driver Made great strides in understanding the Cascadia Subduction Zone geologic hazards – EQ, tsunamis, volcanoes Must be basic and applied science Use of the most relevant technology – push the boundaries2013 EERI Annual Meeting Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries February 13, 2013
  5. 5. Broad base plans Can take a long time to develop Must have policy buy-in Based on relevant science, of course Recommendations that are realistic to achieve2013 EERI Annual Meeting Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries February 13, 2013
  6. 6.  Policy development – Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission  Laws and ordinances to guide rehabilitation, development, preparedness, resilience  Leverage private sector investments  Look at economic stimulus for hardening the built environment and infrastructure  Work to codify seismic safety councils and commissions to drive policy 2013 EERI Annual Meeting Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries February 13, 2013
  7. 7. Cooperation and Collaboration Academia Federal agencies State agencies Local Governances Private Sector Non-profits2013 EERI Annual Meeting Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries February 13, 2013
  8. 8. Power and empower Not enough to publish in science or engineering journals Must engage decision makers Media - Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries2013 EERI Annual Meeting February 13, 2013
  9. 9. 2013 EERI Annual Meeting February 13, 2013 Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries

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