The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) is a coalition of private and public representatives working together to improve the ability of communities throughout the Cascadia Region to reduce the effects of earthquakes and related hazards, such as tsunami.
CREW goals are to:
- Promote efforts to reduce the loss of life and property damage from earthquakes;
- Educate and motivate decision makers, managers, and the general public to reduce risks associated with earthquakes; and
- Foster productive linkages between scientists, critical infrastructure providers, businesses and governmental agencies in order to improve the resilience of communities after an earthquake. To learn more about the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup visit the crew website
The Pacific Northwest (PNW) region has unique earthquake issues, because of its geographic span across multiple states and an international border, from northern California into British Columbia, and its geological setting in the Cascadia subduction zone. A variety of situations in Cascadia would require rapid, clear, and coordinated communication of potentially enhanced likelihood, or ‘forewarning’, of a damaging earthquake. An effective risk communication coordination plan must be tailored to the PNW’s specific resources, needs and constraints, to alleviate circumstances of contradictory public safety messages originating from a variety of scientific and emergency management stakeholder organizations at the federal, state and provincial levels.
The non-profit Cascadia Region Earthquake Work Ggroup in cooperation with the US Geological Survey, seeks an experienced Contractor to oversee the development of an earthquake risk communication coordination plan for the Pacific Northwest. The process followed and lessons learned developing such a plan also would provide a template for use in other regions. Together with a coordinating committee, a primary task of the Coordinator would organize and direct a minimum of one workshops in each of the participating states/provinces, including Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and possibly northern California, to collect input and direction from scientists, emergency managers, risk communication professionals and decision-makers at the local, state/provincial and federal levels.
The workshops would provide an understanding of the following:
- Processes for determining when notifications are warranted.
- Audiences to whom messages will be delivered.
- The need for and possible development of template messages and other products.
- Paths of information flow among producers, communicators and end-users.
- Expected schedules for message exchanges.
The need for additional activities will depend on workshop outcomes (e.g., studies of user needs and/or of messaging strategy efficacy).
The Coordinator would be responsible for drafting the earthquake risk communication coordination plan, circulating it to all workshop participants and a broader stakeholders group for comment, and completion and dissemination of the final plan.
The project will run from December 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016. A maximum budget of $45k, inclusive of workshop travel for contractor and up to 10 key participants, is available for this project.
Contractors interested this opportunity should submit the following information:
- A letter of interest;
- Proposed budget
- Current resume; and
- Four (4) references, two of which must be former clients or supervisors
Note: Submittal packets greater than 12-pages in length will not be reviewed.
Please submit required information to e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place the title Program Coordinator in the subject line of your e-mail.
Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 14, 2015 for consideration.
CREW does not maintain an office, and cannot provide work space or facilities.