Recipient: Richard K. Eisner, formerly Regional Administrator, California Office of Emergency Services (OES)
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have truly made extraordinary contributions to the development and use of Hazus-Multi Hazard (Hazus-MH).
Richard K. Eisner has been instrumental in the development, testing, and use of the Hazus-MH Earthquake Model since its inception in the early 1990s. He is an architect by training whose understanding of fragility curves and building performance has been tapped by FEMA in the evaluation and testing of the Earthquake Model. Mr. Eisner led California's earthquake program since the mid 1980s, and has been a leader in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction (NEHRP) during that span. He was the first director of the Bay Area Earthquake Reduction Program (BAREPP), a multi-jurisdictional organization that served as a model for Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and other consortias.
At the California Office of Emergency Services (OES), Mr. Eisner capitalized on his knowledge of HAazus to spearhead efforts to link the model with real-time information technologies to provide decision support following earthquakes. The California OES has fully integrated Hazus into earthquake response operations under the guidance of Mr. Eisner, who helped develop the interface between Hazus and ShakeMap.
Throughout his career, Mr. Eisner has served as a valuable subject matter expert on the earthquake hazard, combining an understanding of technology with sensitivity and understanding of policy related issues. This background and expertise has been valued by FEMA, where he currently serves on the NEHRP advisory committee.
At the Hazus-MH Users Conference, Tom Durham of PBS&J made comments on behalf of Richard K. Eisner to the conference attendees (Mr. Eisner advised FEMA and Tom Durham on the formation of CUSEC in 1991).