FEMA Contacts Available After Earthquake Hits Northern California
A look at earthquake risk areas across the United States.
The biggest earthquake in 25 years hit California’s San Francisco Bay Area earlier Sunday, injuring dozens of residents and prompting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to remind residents of its earthquake resources.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake, which hit at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, was the most damaging in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989 said David Oppenheimer, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif. The USGS predicted a more than 40 percent chance of aftershocks of a magnitude of 5.0 or greater during the next week.
“This illustrates what happens when a moderate earthquake hits where people live,” Oppenheimer told the Wall Street Journal. “It can be quite serious.”
FEMA keeps a list of earthquake contacts on its website at all times for anyone “involved or interested in quake risk-reduction activities at the state, regional, or federal level.” The list of contacts is as follows:
Directory of FEMA Earthquake Partners
This publication includes contact information for more than 300 organizations and individuals involved in quake mitigation at the federal and state levels and in the non-governmental sector.
State Earthquake Contacts
Many state and territorial governments include programs or positions responsible for coordinating efforts to reduce seismic risks. Earthquake programs are typically found in state emergency management agencies, and state earthquake risk-reduction activities are typically led by quake program managers or coordinators or by state hazard mitigation officers.
Regional Earthquake Consortia
FEMA provides support for the operation of four regional consortia, nonprofit organizations that are responding to the multi-state, region-wide impacts that large quakes could produce in different parts of the nation.
FEMA Earthquake Contacts
Earthquake-specific activities at FEMA are coordinated by a quake program team located at FEMA headquarters, working in concert with regional earthquake program managers located in FEMA’s regional offices. Because their activities are supported through FEMA’s participation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), these personnel are also known collectively as the FEMA NEHRP team.
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