Emergency Preparedness Week at the Lab June 9-13, 2008
|Frederick T. Angliss|
|Richard K. Eisner|
Richard K. Eisner, FAIA, Government Liaison and Acting Program Director Bay Area Preparedness Initiative, Fritz Institute
In 2007 Richard Eisner joined the Fritz Institute in developing the Bay Area Disaster Preparedness Initiative, after 23 years of service with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) where he had served as Manager for the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN), Tsunami and Earthquake Programs and as Regional Administrator. As Coastal Region Administrator, he was responsible for the State’s responses to disasters in the San Francisco Bay Region and north coast counties Prior to that appointment he served as the founding Director of the Bay Area Regional Earthquake Preparedness Project (BAREPP), a FEMA and state funded program, providing planning and technical assistance to promote and support earthquake preparedness and hazard mitigation by local governments and businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Region.
An architect, urban planner, and urban designer, Eisner, for the last 30 years, focused his career on issues of seismic design and urban earthquake hazard reduction, including serving as program manager on a National Science Foundation funded project to develop model hazard reduction and preparedness techniques based on Japanese practice. A key element of his work at BAREPP was the implementation of these models and integration of knowledge from the earth and social science communities into mitigation and preparedness programs.
Eisner participated in several post-earthquake investigations, including those for El Centro (1979), Coalinga (1983), Morgan Hill (1984), Palm Springs (1986), Whittier (1987) and Cape Mendocino (1992). In addition to his research work, he served on the State’s investigative team that visited Mexico City after the devastating earthquake in 1985 and reported on their findings to the State Legislature. He also participated in the state’s response to the Loma Prieta (1989), Cape Mendocino and Landers/Big Bear (all in 1992) and Northridge (1994) earthquakes. He implemented the Earthquake Clearinghouse after Northridge to gather information and provide support to researchers visiting the disaster. Since 1993, he was participated as a consultant to the development of FEMA’s HAZUS earthquake loss estimation tool.
As a recognized expert in community preparedness, Eisner has presented papers on California’s comprehensive approach to earthquake preparedness in the US, Japan, China, Kyrgystan and the Ukraine. He has consulted on issues of hazard mitigation and emergency management including serving on the Global Assessment of Earthquake Countermeasures in Kobe, Japan (1999 and 2000), an international evaluation of the response to the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, sponsored by Hyogo Prefecture. From 1988 until 2003, he Chaired EERI’s US -- Japan Urban Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Committee that organized collaborative workshops with the Japanese in 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2003. He also served as Co-Chair of the 1st International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction convened in Kobe in 2005 on the 10th anniversary of the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI in 2003 and the Board of Directors of EERI in 2004 and participated on the Steering Committee for the 2006 Centennial Conference of the San Francisco Earthquake.
Richard Eisner was elected in 1996 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his contribution to improving the quality of the built environment and to the architectural profession. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, and the California Earthquake Safety Foundation. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reductions of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program of FEMA, NIST, the USGS and NSF.
Lawrence Hutchings recently joined LBNL from LLNL. Lawrence has 30 years experience in earthquake hazard analysis, including 18 years of seismology research at LLNL and 12 years of applied hazard analysis for Bechtel and Woodward-Clyde Consultants. He has specialized in earthquake hazard analysis for urban areas of developing countries. At LLNL, Lawrence also specialized in nuclear test ban treaty verification issues and geothermal reservoir characterization. As an inventor, he holds several patents for human navigation, and was the founder of a research and development company. Lawrence earned his PhD in seismology from the State University of New York, Binghamton in 1987. He has a bachelor's degree in physics (1971) and master's degree in geophysics (1973) from UC Berkeley.
Paul Jacks is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Preparedness Initiative developed by the San Francisco-based Fritz Institute. Prior to this position, Mr. Jack was the Deputy Director for the Response and Recovery Division, in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). He received an appointment to a Deputy Director position from Governor Gray Davis in December 2000 and was re-appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in November 2004. Mr. Jacks has been with the office for almost 20 years and before assuming the duties of Deputy Director, he worked in several different capacities in the office. As the Chief of the Resources Branch, he was responsible for establishing and maintaining fiscal policy and coordinating audits for disaster recovery and mitigation programs. Mr. Jacks also served as a state Public Assistance Officer or State Coordinating Officer for the state of California for more than 30 federally declared disasters and emergencies between 1985 and now.
Mr. Jacks has been with the state of California since 1977, and in addition to working for OES, has held various staff, supervisory, and management positions in the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) and the California Conservation Corps (CCC). He entered state service after working overseas as a projects officer, coordinating development projects and emergency relief efforts with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in southern Africa. In 2003, Mr. Jacks received the California Emergency Services Association President’s Award for outstanding contributions to emergency management in California. Since 2005, Mr. Jacks has served as a member of the board of directors for St. Francis High School in Sacramento, and in December 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Jacks to the California Volunteers Commission.