FEMA/MCEER ESTABLISH NYC EARTHQUAKE HAZARD
November 13, 1998--MCEER has joined in an effort under the auspices of
FEMA Region II to build a Consortium of interested organizations to collectively define
and assess the vulnerabilities of the New York metropolitan area to credible earthquake
Academic institutions, municipal, state, and federal emergency management
and public service agencies, and private corporations are invited to participate in the
consortium's activities. As seismic characterizations and a built environment inventory
are developed for the metropolitan area, the consortium will work to further foster
awareness by targeting key groups with accurate vulnerability and loss estimation data and
by providing technical assistance on loss reduction strategies.
MCEER is responsible for overall coordination of the project, which is
overseen by a Technical Coordinator, Guy Nordenson of Princeton University, with
technical advisement on seismic issues provided by Klaus Jacob and staff of Lamont
Doherty Earth Observatory.
An Executive Committee for the project consists of representatives of
- FEMA Region II
- New York State Emergency Management Office
- New York City Office of Emergency Management
- New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
- Princeton University
- Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.
An external technical advisory board for the project includes:
- Thomas O'Rourke, co-chair (Cornell University)
- Ramon Gilsanz, co-chair (Gilsanz, Murray, and Steficek)
- Roger Cannell (Guy Carpenter, Inc.)
- Carl Costantino (City University of New York)
- Jeremy Isenberg (Weidlinger Associates)
- Stephanie King (Stanford University)
- Charles Kircher (Charles Kircher & Associates)
- Joanne Nigg (Disaster Research Center)
- Maurice Power (Geomatrix Consultants, Inc.)
- Thomas Scarangello (Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers).
The Technical Advisory Board held its initial meeting during the 6th US
National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in May 1998.
For background information on hazards and their
potential effect on New York, we have prepared Disaster Damage: Costs Issues for the
New York City Area. This annotated bibliography is offered in Acrobat format only (nyc.pdf 11 KB). You will need the Adobe
Acrobat reader to view it, which you can download from here.
For additional information about Consortium activities, contact:
Earthquake and Hurricane Programs Manager
FEMA Region II
University at Buffalo
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