Preparing for a Significant Central U.S. Earthquake

Robert Bauer was an invited speaker at the conference, Preparing for a Significant Central U.S. Earthquake, Science Needs of the Response and Recovery Community, held August 13-14, 2008. Bauer presented information on the products and capabilities of the science and engineering communities for earthquake response in the central United States. The information included plans for interaction between the state emergency management agencies and the state geological surveys. The agencies and surveys intend to set up technical clearinghouses in each state to help guide collection of perishable data and the interaction among states in a multiple-state response. Each state agency is first responsible to its state governors and citizens. Then, scientific and engineering data are shared with a regional collection center operated by the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis along with the U.S. Geological Survey. The regional perspective of damage compiled by the Center should be helpful in providing guidance for the federal response. Conference attendees included about 200 participants from all state and federal response levels for natural disasters in the United States.