Recipient: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
For the earthquake model, the Hazus-MH award for best practices goes to the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology in recognition of an initiative to model the potential impacts of earthquakes in each county in Nevada.
Nevada is a rapidly growing state, with much of the population growth derived from new populations that are unfamiliar with the seismic risk. The project - a collaborative effort between the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and the Bureau of Mines and Geology - was designed to increase awareness of the seismic risk and to promote earthquake preparedness.
The statewide study is an important contribution to the state's understanding of the seismic risk in this rapidly growing state. Because the earthquake hazard is very uneven in Nevada, and because the population characteristics also vary across the state, it is important to assess the earthquake risk in each county.
Finally, the Hazus study has provided the Nevada Hazus-MH User Group (HUG) with an important tool for constituency building and earthquake awareness. Because the study addressed every county in the state, the analyses can be shared with local officials and tailored to their specific exposure and risk.
Accepting the Hazus-MH Best Practices: Earthquake Analysis award for Nevada is Ronald Hess, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.