Inventory of the Governor's Interagency Earthquake Council Records, 1972-1974

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Inventory of the Governor's Interagency Earthquake Council Records, 1972-1974

Inventory: F3713



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Sacramento, California

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  • 1020 "O" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 653-2246
  • Fax: (916) 653-7363
  • Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
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© 2000 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Governor's Interagency Earthquake Council Records,
Date (inclusive): 1972-1974
Inventory: F3713
Creator: Governor's Interagency Earthquake Council
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Governor's Interagency Earthquake Council Records, F3713, California State Archives.

Agency History

The Governor's Interagency Earthquake Council (hereafter GIEC) was established in January, 1972, by Executive Order. Its function was to advise the governor on any measure of any nature that should be undertaken to reduce future earthquake losses. While the Joint Committee on Seismic Safety concentrated on developing legislative proposals, the thrust of the GIEC was toward proposing administrative changes in State and local agencies to upgrade seismic and emergency preparedness standards.
The Council was composed of 35 members representing all levels of government, universities, the private business sector, and the public (roster of members on page 25). There was a considerable overlap of membership with the Joint Committee on Seismic Safety. The GIEC was chaired by James G. Stearns, Governor Reagan's Secretary for Agricultural Services, a cabinet member. The Vice Chairman was Herbert Temple, Jr., Director of the State Office of Emergency Services, Wesley Bruer, State Geologist, served as secretary until October 31, 1973.
The Council was directed by a nine member steering committee. Beneath the Steering Committee was the Committee on Preparedness and Response and the Committee on Research and Investigation, chaired respectively by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the GIEC. A special sub-committee was established specifically to investigate the earthquake resistance of public utility systems.
The Council, under the provisions of the order creating it, came to an end in June of 1974. Its responsibilities were assumed by the Seismic Safety Commission ( Stats. 1974, Chap. 1413, p. 3112).

Contents

The records of the GIEC have been arranged in the following order: GIEC general records, the records of the Steering Committee, the records of the Preparedness and Response Committee, the records of the Research and Investigations Committee, the records of the Earthquake Resistance of Public Utility Systems Sub-Committee, and the records of the Sub-Committee for Recommendation 14.

Arrangement and Description

Othertype F3713:369.

59. MINUTES OF GIEC ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS. 1972-1973.

Physical Description: 1f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Meetings held to welcome new members, explain ongoing and planned programs, and to spe 1 out procedures. Series includes agendas which list the membership of the GIEC.
Othertype F3713:370.

60. GIEC EXTERNAL CORRESPONDENCE (incoming and outgoing). 1971-1974.

Physical Description: 1f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Contains correspondence from JCSS chairman and consultants proposing JCSS members to sit on the GIEC, a few letters from those accepting GIEC appointments, a report sent by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute explaining its position on seismic safety planning, and correspondence from the GIEC chairman to interested parties describing the functions and organization of the GIEC.
Othertype F3713:371.

61. PRESS RELEASES. 1972.

Physical Description: 1f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Announcing the formation of the GIEC, explaining its purpose and providing a list of members and their professional affiliations and business ad.
Othertype F3713:372.

62. GIEC FIRST REPORT. November 1, 1972.

Physical Description: 1f.

Scope and Content Note

Recommendations for interagency cooperation in the fields of earthquake research, disaster preparedness, and seismic safety. Spells out areas to be investigated and reports to be prepared by different State agencies and private groups, such as the Earthquake Engineers Research Institute.
Othertype F3713:373.

63. CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO GIEC FINAL REPORT. 1972-1973.

Physical Description: 1f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in terms of what section of the first report they refer to. Therefore, correspondence involving section 1, part a come before correspondence dealing with section 1, part b.
The first report required certain State agencies to carry out investigations and provide reports. This series is composed of incoming correspondence from these agencies and the committees and sub-committees of the GIEC, either providing progress reports on their investigations or the final reports called for by the GIEC final report recommendations.
Othertype F3713:374.

64. SUGGESTED SEISMIC SAFETY ELEMENT GUIDELINES. 1972.

Physical Description: 1f.

Scope and Content Note

Section 65302 of the Government Code requires local officials to develop a seismic safety element--an identification and appraisal of seismic hazards. Series contains third draft of GIEC guidelines for such an element.
Othertype F3713:375-376.

65. RECORDS OF GIEC STEERING COMMITTEE. 1972-1973.

Physical Description: 2f.

Scope and Content Note

Minutes and intra-Committee correspondence placed in separate folders. Arranged chronologically thereunder.
Minutes contain brief outline of discussions and reports submitted by individual members dealing with proposed areas for Council research. Includes attendance records.
Intra-Committee correspondence contains reports sent between Committee members, copy of a report sent by the chairman to the members from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute explaining their progress in the study of the Manaqua, Nicaraqua Earthquake.
Othertype F3713:377-379.

66. RECORDS OF THE GIEC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE COMMITTEE. 1972.

Physical Description: 3f.

Scope and Content Note

Information packet, intra-Committee correspondence and minutes, and reports filed in separate folders. Arranged chronologically thereunder.
Information packet contains tentative membership of the Committee, agenda of the first meeting, an explanation of the functions of the Committee, and procedures of Committee meetings.
Intra-Committee correspondence and minutes include agendas and attendance records, as well as minutes. Correspondence involves letters from chairman to members transmitting information and reports.
Othertype F3713:380-381.

67. RECORDS OF THE GIEC RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE. 1972.

Physical Description: 2f.

Scope and Content Note

Minutes and report filed in separate folders. Arranged chronologically thereunder.
Minutes include announcements of meetings and agendas.
Meetings involved the discussion of topics worthy of research and the receipt by the Committee of reports from its members.
Report contains suggestions for state interagency coordination in earthquake preparedness, proposed postearthquake studies and suggestions for earthquake engineering research.
Othertype F3713:382-383.

68. RECORDS OF THE GIEC EARTHQUAKE RESISTANCE OF PUBLIC UTILITY SYSTEMS SUB-COMMITTEE. 1973-1974.

Physical Description: 2f.

Scope and Content Note

Minutes and reports placed in different folders. Arranged chronologically thereunder.
Minutes of meetings to receive and discuss reports from individual members. Includes copies of correspondence and reports distributed at meetings.
Reports contain discussions of seismic hazards, especially those caused by the presence of unsafe dams, and recommendations for further research.
Othertype F3713:384.

69. RECORDS OF THE GIEC SUB-COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION 14. 1973.

Physical Description: 1f.

Scope and Content Note

Agenda of October 31, 1973 meeting to discuss means to facilitate recommendation 14 of the GIEC first report. See series entry 62, GIEC FIRST REPORT, November 1, 1972. Only document of Sub-Committee.