The Seismological Society of America and its Government Relations Committee has been very active in Washington, DC, over the past several months, raising the profile of the SSA and calling attention to the importance and need for earthquake science research and outreach.

In July, SSA co-sponsored a congressional briefing on the Great Southern California ShakeOut 2008. The panelists were Lucile Jones, chief scientist, Multi Hazards Project, U.S. Geological Survey; Gary Sturdivan, Emergency Manager, East Valley Water District, San Bernardino, California; and Steven Sellers, Assistant Secretary for Prevention, Operations and Recovery, California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). They highlighted the science behind...

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