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The largest scenario ever developed has many lessons regarding resources, including people, organizations and money, used very effectively.

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What are the various types of resources you can draw on in building your scenario?


  • academic community
    Local universities and community colleges are great sources of information about the local environment–natural, social, political, built, etc–and local history
  • administrative support, GIS, graphics, interns
    Depending on the scope of the scenario, it will be helpful to support with specific technical tasks, such as GIS and graphics design, for community mapping and displays, as well as administrative support in terms of organizing participants and meetings
  • government officials, including emergency managers, community planners
    Local government officials will likely play a major role in the management of the scenario process, particularly if it is a community-based scenario that will be testing the community’s ability to manage a future earthquake
  • elected officials
    Ultimately, elected officials are responsible for the actions, or lack of actions, a community takes to reduce and/or manage its earthquake risk. If you can engage them, they can be an important resource and ally in the development of the scenario.
  • business and volunteer leaders
    Other community leaders, from the business and volunteer networks, bring access to these communities, their volunteers, expertise, knowledge of local issues, and are ultimately necessary to community buy-in of the scenario
  • technical experts, including economists, engineers, scientists
    Any one agency is unlikely to have all the technical expertise necessary for a scenario, so bringing in experts from a variety of disciplines, institutions and organizations can help make the scenario more credible

Organizational/Institutional Resources

  • professional associations
  • Members of professional associations such as structural engineers, earth science, planning, building, business, teaching associations can be a good source of information about community issues, and a source of volunteers who may be willing to contribute to scenario development and implementation
  • universities
  • Local academic experts in many subject areas can be a resource for technical data as well as a potential source of volunteers to contribute to scenario development
  • historical societies
  • A good source of information on historical development patterns and experience with past earthquakes is the local historical society

Financial Resources

  • federal funding
  • Some previous scenarios have been supported with some funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey. Other possible federal sources include NOAA
  • community funding
  • Some previous scenarios have used a variety of community funding sources, including local government discretionary funds and in-kind contributions
  • state funds
  • Previous scenarios has also used state funds from emergency management agencies, geological surveys, and community development agencies
  • non-profit, private sector grants
  • Grants from a variety of community-based grant-making organizations are another possible source