Having watched from the sidelines as the debate in this journal ensued between proponents (Jordan, 2013; Jordan et al., 2014) and opponents (Wang and Rogers, 2014; Wang, 2015) of operational earthquake forecasting, it seemed appropriate that there be a comment from a different perspective, that of an emergency manager. Emergency officials at the state and local government level are often placed in the uncomfortable position of having to translate a probabilistic statement regarding future earthquake occurrence into actionable recommendations for local response agencies and the public. This debate, drawing on events surrounding the...

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