How is Earthquake Preparedness, Mitigation, and Resilience administered by the State of California?
The State of California coordinates earthquake policy and process with the United States government. Primarily they work with the U.S. Department of the Interior and its agency the United States Geological Survey as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition, local authorities have earthquake mitigation, preparedness and response programs like Ready LA or SF72.org in San Francisco.
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The State of California has two main government agencies that manage the earthquake file. The first is the Natural Resources Agency and its Department of Conservation . The Department of Conservation oversees the California Geological Survey which is responsible for mapping earthquakes pinpointing faults and identifying areas prone to liquefaction in California.
Working with these two agencies is the California Governor's Offices of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Cal OES administers the Earthquake Early Warning Advisory Board.The current governor of California is Jerry Brown (D).
Other state agencies have earthquake programs or programs like Be Prepared from the CA Department of Public Health.
The most important piece of legislation is the California Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act. Every five years, California updates its Earthquake Hazards Reduction plan. The latest copy can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
California has a multiple agency approach to Earthquake management with no overarching authority save the sitting governor.
Diarmuid D. O'Dea