Is California Earthquake Tsunami Prepared?

Our first workshop in the Jobs, They Help All of Us! WORKSHOP SERIES 2011 took place on July 21 at the PG&E headquarters in San Francisco.

The recent tragedy in Japan has heightened local awareness—yet again—of the possibility of earthquake,  tsunami,  or other natural disasters in California. It has been a sobering reminder of our vulnerability. Are the people of California and the economy of our State prepared to endure the consequences of a major earthquake or tsunami? What are the impacts to rebuilding the economy, the infrastructure, business operations? What might be the loss of taxable income and loss of life? How have we used funds from previous bond and tax measures to strengthen our infrastructure; what if we do not invest in our infrastructure? What can the public and private sectors do to facilitate recovery BEFORE disaster strikes?



How prepared is the business community and government to deal with a major earthquake and tsunami?

Realistic expectations of seismic activity on major faults and consequences.

Realistic probabilities of tsunami action impacting coastal in bay communities

What does California need to do NOW to be prepared for the major earthquake and Tsunami?

Opening Remarks and Morning Keynote (8:30 am – 8:45 am)

• San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee


Panel 1 (8:45 am – 9:30 am) Earthquake & Tsunami Risk to the San Francisco Bay Area – An Updated Analysis.Moderator: Richard Sinkoff, Director, Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland

• Ross Stein, Geophysicist, USGS – Menlo Park
• Jeremy Bricker, URS
• Chuck Real, California Geological Survey


Keynote Speakers (9:30 am -10:15 am)

• Deputy Consul General Michio Harada, Deputy Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco
• Richard McCarthy, Executive Director for the California Seismic Safety Commission
• Manuel Cunha, Jr., President, Nisei Farmers League
• Captain Cynthia Stowe, Commander Sector San Francisco, US Coast Guard


Panel 2 (10:40 am – 11:40 am) Earthquake & Tsunami Preparedness. Moderator, Louis Armstrong, Senior Vice President, URS Corporation

• Xavier Irias, Director of Engineering and Construction, EBMUD
• Jeff Jones, Environmental Compliance Supervisor, Port of Oakland
• Kevin Miller, Tsunami Program Lead California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA)
• John Egan, Principal, AMEC Geomatrix, Inc. – Hospital Board
• Kent Ferre, SE, Geosciences Department, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.


Panel 3 (11:40 am – 12:25 pm ) Economic Impact and Planning. Moderator, Scott Warner, Principal Hydrogeologist and Vice President, AMEC Geomatrix, Inc.

• Sean Randolph, President, Bay Area Economic Institute
• Thomas Horton, Group Manager, BART Seismic Safety Program
• Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer, California Earthquake Authorit
• Danielle Hutchings, Earthquake and Hazards Program Director, ABAG


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