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Inventory of the Governor's Interagency Earthquake Council Records, 1972-1974
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  • 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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    [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).


    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.