Utah Engineers Journal 2021 Issue

53 Continued on the following page earthquake exercise is planned for 2021: The Great Salt Shake. This event will highlight the impact of a Utah disaster on the region and country and bring attention to what can be done to make our community more resilient. The USSC is working on funding, updating, and completing the survey of Utah K-12 schools that a lack of funding has dogged. USSC is collaborating with FEMA Region VIII and the Applied Technology Council (ATC) to fund and execute the work without funding from the state. Envision Utah has convened a disaster resilience project with the following stated goals: 1) reduce the number of people who would be killed, injured, or displaced in a disaster; 2) reduce the disruption and damage a disaster would cause and the time needed to recover (such as restoring utilities, rebuilding structures, and reopening businesses); and 3) reduce the number of people who must leave Utah (e.g., lost job, no shelter, no water/sewer, etc.) after a major earthquake. 19 In the 2021 Utah legislative session, Rep. Andrew Stoddard (HB0214) and Rep. Clare Collard (HB0366) sponsored two seismic safety bills. The first called for disclosure of unreinforced masonry at a real estate transaction, similar to lead paint, radon gas, or floodplain disclosures. At the end of February, the House Business and Labor Committee elected to hold the bill after the real estate lobby expressed opposition. Rep. Stoddard intends to continue to work on the issue. The second would have provided funds to the USSC for more public education and homeowner resources about URM. The bill made it out of committee but was voted down on the floor of the house. Ultimately, it is up to our professional communities to engage with our policymakers at the state and local level to ensure that investment in our seismic resilience is a priority. There is a great deal of work to do, but as every disaster researcher will tell you, hazards are natural, and disasters are made. Together, we can work toward a community and a state that will see less destruction and disruption in a major earthquake and one that is ready to recover quickly. References 1. EERI 2016, https://www.eeri.org/advocacy-and-public-policy/schools-shall-be-urm-free-by-2033/ 2. Turner, Frank, SEAOC News January 28,2020. “Revisiting Earthquake Lessons – Unreinforced Masonry Buildings” https://www.seaoc.org/news/486967/Revisiting-Earthquake-Lessons— -Unreinforced-Masonry-Buildings.htm 3. University of Utah Seismograph Stations https://quake.utah.edu/category/isbhep 4. https://www.deseret.com/1999/9/1/19463577/is-utah-ready-for-a-serious-earthquake 5. Prudon, Theodore H. M. (1987) The Seismic Retrofit of the City and County Building in Salt Lake City: A Case Study of the Application of Base Isolation to a Historic Building http://international.icomos.org/publications/wash62.pdf 6. https://www.deseret.com/1999/9/1/19463577/is-utah-ready-for-a-serious-earthquake 7. FEMA P-774 / October 2009 Unreinforced Masonry Buildings and Earthquakes, Developing Successful Risk Reduction Programs https://store.atcouncil.org/index.php?dispatch=attachments.getfileandattachment_id=138. 8. Siegel, Lee J. (2011) Utah Students at Risk: The Earthquake Hazards of School Buildings. Utah Seismic Safety Commission UGS-HB5742 https://ussc.utah.gov/pages/view.php?ref=147. 9. DuRoss, C.B., 2016, Earthquake forecast for the Wasatch Front region of the Intermountain West: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3019, 2 p., http://doi.dx.org/10.3133/fs20163019. 10. https://geology.utah.gov/hazards/info/workshops/working-groups/q-faults/ Jessica Chappell, S.E., LEED AP Jessica is a principal at Reaveley Engineers. She is a licensed structural engineer in Utah and Alaska and has worked in structural consulting for over 17 years. She serves as the vice-chair of the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC), is a member of the Envision Utah Disaster Resilience Steering Committee, and is a certified rater with the United States Resilience Council (USRC). Jessica has participated in organizing the EERI Utah Chapter Resilience Workshops and has represented Reaveley in a partnership with the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning for their Community Resilience programs for the last two years. Jessica is also a newly appointed member of the Cottonwood Heights Planning Commission. In addition to resilience and community-focused endeavors, Jessica is on the NCSEA Structural Engineering, Engagement, and Equity (SE3) Committee, is a member of the SEAU Technical Committee and serves on the Education Committee for Utah Society of Healthcare Engineering. Jessica authored a paper about the Cedar City Temples spire’s rocking mechanism and presented it at the 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Her recent notable projects include Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, Lehi (in design), Intermountain Alta View Hospital, and the Thanksgiving Point Butterfly Biosphere.