CREW develops projects and activities that support collaboration, raise awareness, and facilitate resilience-building efforts and earthquake preparedness across the western U.S. and beyond. The following is a sample of the projects CREW is currently developing with support from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Building Tools for Earthquake-Preparedness Partners
CREW is consulting federal and state partners to develop a comparative overview of earthquake programs, policies, goals, and strategies across the western region — information that will become the foundation of a new, online data-visualization tool that earthquake program managers and other planners can use to identify opportunities for collaboration and to coordinate state and regional mitigation goals, strategies, and activities.
Creating Remote-Learning and Collaboration Resources
To further support coordination among states and between the private and public sectors, CREW is expanding our existing partnership portal and other collaboration tools, as well as developing new remote-learning resources for earthquake program managers and other earthquake-preparedness professionals.
The development of these and related products will encourage the exchange of ideas, enhance regional collaboration, and help states apply their resources efficiently to reduce seismic risk.
Developing a Multi-State Earthquake Insurance Campaign
CREW is working with the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) and other state and federal partners to build a better understanding of the status of earthquake insurance in each western state. By exploring, comparing, and evaluating policies and strategies, this project can help identify ways to make earthquake insurance a more effective part of community resilience-building.
A key part of the project is to identify existing programs and tools that raise awareness and promote earthquake insurance. Working with their creators, CREW is developing plans for a public education and promotion campaign that amplifies current efforts and can be customized to fit the needs of different states and communities.
Hosting a Resilience Symposium for Hospitals and Medical Systems
CREW continues our successful Lifelines Resilience Symposium series with a new forum that examines earthquake preparedness and resilience challenges of hospitals and medical systems. Slated for spring/summer 2021, this symposium will be presented in webinar format, permitting participants from across the western region and beyond to attend.