We’re living in a time of great uncertainty and difficulty, as universities and schools navigate reopening, and businesses and the construction industry face economic uncertainty. Much of our work remains virtual and impacted by other responsibilities at home and COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many regions. Despite these challenges, EERI and our work together continue. I hope that we remain a consistent and inspiring source of information and activity for you.
To respond to the current environment, member volunteers, committees, staff, and the Board are working behind the scenes to keep us adjusting and thriving in these times. As we head into the fall, here are just a few things that we’re working on to better serve you:
- Increasing our free webinar offerings for members that are designed to help you learn about new developments in the field. With the help of our Professional Development Committee, we’re continuing to increase webinars through the end of the year and are working on a robust plan for 2021.
- Conducting a strategic planning process for the Institute. The EERI Board of Directors and staff are in the midst of a strategic planning process to reinforce our values and explore how we want to serve our members and achieve our mission, especially in light of the new and changing global conditions.
- Considering how EERI can embrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in a meaningful way. The Board is developing a resolution with specific, measurable actions to ensure that EERI is a welcoming home for all.
- Enhancing our virtual membership experience. Staff is working on improving our website and membership portal so that you can easily access resources and make the most of your membership.
- Reviewing record numbers of Earthquake Spectra submissions. The Earthquake Spectra Editorial team, including many volunteer reviewers, is tackling the review of the large surge in submissions that we’ve seen since the start of the pandemic. You will continue to be the first to learn of newly published papers and curated recommendations from our Spectra-specific e-blasts. You can also expect a new special issue with community contributions from the Global Earthquake Model later this year.
As these activities produce results, you will hear more from us. To close, I want to thank the many members who make this exciting work possible, as they volunteer extra time amidst their own personal circumstances and global turmoil. It is truly a testament to the selflessness of our member volunteers and reinforces the need for EERI’s ongoing activities toward earthquake risk reduction. As always, I welcome your participation and feedback.