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Sector

Governmental

Coverage

Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Facilities

Buildings, dams

Fragilities

HAZUS and Intensity-based

Usage

Monitoring and post-earthquake inspection prioritization

Status

Operational

Contact Info

Ron Begin, Seismic Safety Program Manager

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is an agency within the Department of the Interior with a mission to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The USFWS manages the National Wildlife Refuge System—153 million acres containing more than 500 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas—as well as the Fisheries Program, which operates over 200 National Fish Hatcheries, fishery resource offices, and ecological-services field stations. More than 40 million visitors come to these USFWS managed refuges, wetlands, hatcheries and administrative areas every year

With management operations spread across the country, USFWS facilities are exposed to every imaginable type of natural disaster and are often situated in extremely remote locations. To mitigate the effects of earthquakes, over 6500 buildings and dams—located across all fifty US states as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands—are monitored using ShakeCast.

When USFWS facilities are subjected to and impacted by earthquake shaking, ShakeCast supplements the USFWS’s ability to monitor and respond to natural disasters by alerting USFWS headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as Regional Service personnel. With the comprehensive facility database that the USFWS has built within ShakeCast, any significant earthquake can trigger facility prioritization and efficient inspections of affected USFWS facilities, helping to fully restore impacted structures as quickly as possible.

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