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Quotations from Prominent Professionals on the Launch of the USRC

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Dr. Lucy Jones. Chris Poland and many others

Quotes from Prominent Professionals on USRC Launch:

 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mayor's Communication's Office - 213.978.0741 

In my Resilience by Design Plan, I called for a seismic safety rating system that would help our city not only survive a large earthquake, but better protect our residents and their property,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “USRC’s system answers that call. This measure will make all Angelenos safer by establishing a clear, transparent, and credible assessment of individual buildings' seismic readiness. It also incentivizes lenders and property owners to invest in top-notch structures that will stay standing after an earthquake. Like the LEED Green Building Rating System, a high earthquake rating will better attract investors and tenants, alike. By taking these kinds of steps, Los Angeles will continue to lead the way in seismic preparedness, resilience and safety.”

 Dr. Lucile Jones Seismologist with the US  Geological Survey and former Science Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  - jones@usgs.gov 

Across the Nation, people are making significant financial decisions about buildings often without adequate information about the vulnerability of those buildings to earthquakes. The USRC Rating System is credible, consistent and transparent and would make a better foundation for those critical decisions.

 Greg Michaud - Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and Head of Real Estate Finance, Voya Investment Management - Greg.Michaud@voya.com

 Seismic due diligence is very important to the commercial lending and real estate industries. Many in the commercial real estate industry consider the current state of PML reporting to be fractured: lacking consistency, credibility, and professional licensing verification. Just as the accountants created the PCAOB (Public Company Audit Oversight Board) to provide credibility to their members audit reports, I am encouraged that the structural engineering profession is finding ways, such as the USRC, to provide consistency, audit procedures and a revocable certification to those who prepare this critical piece of transactional due diligence”

 Chris D Poland Consulting Engineer,   NIST Disaster Resilience Fellow,   Member, National Academy of Engineers - cpoland@cdpce.com

The USRC is poised to fill one of the key missing links needed to create Disaster Resilient Communities. The USRC rating system will provide transparent information on the level of safety and functionality from each rated building; information that reliable mitigation and recovery plans can be based on.

David A. Friedman, SE, Senior Principal, Emeritus CEO & Chair of the Board - Forell / Elsesser Engineers, - daf@forell.com

 I believe in the importance of the US Resiliency Council to provide a long-needed tool for educating the public in understanding and appreciating seismic safety and resiliency in the buildings where we live, work and play.

 

Thomas Tobin, Tobin and Associates, Public Policy Expertise LTTobin@aol.com

The USRC mission is consistent with my personal philosophy, which is based on the belief that people should be empowered to make informed decisions regarding earthquake safety and performance. People therefore have a right to understand risk—the hazards from, and the vulnerability and expected performance of the buildings they use—and the consequences for their values.

 

Sorrel Hanson Senior Engineering Specialist with FM Global  - Sorrel.Hanson@fmglobal.com

I have observed clients worldwide take on substantial risk due to misconceptions about their buildings’ expected performance in disasters. I believe that consistent and credible ratings are critical to dispel myths and support effective resilience efforts.

 

Michael Bade Associate Vice Chancellor - Capital Programs at the University of California San Francisco - michael.bade@ucsf.edu

I support the mission and goals of the USRC because I believe it is of great importance to achieve greater public understanding of the nuances of building and infrastructure resiliency in the face of the threat of natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms, and fires. I believe that a more nuanced rating system or systems would aid in achieving this goal.

 

Dr. Sharyl Rabinovici, Disaster Policy Consultant - sjmr12@yahoo.com

 

We hope that people come to rely on USRC ratings when they buy a building in the same way that people now rely on 5-star safety ratings when they buy a car. It's a different, more market-based approach than having the government mandate that certain owners do a retrofit.