GeoHazards International named 120 professionals and students whom it will sponsor as Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) e-affiliate members in 2013. The e-affiliate members hail from 25 developing countries and include architects, international development and humanitarian professionals, earth scientists, emergency managers, engineers, government officials, a journalist, planners, professors, and social scientists.
GeoHazards International launched its EERI sponsored 120 members in 2012, including professionals from 11 countries that did not have EERI members the previous year. This October, GHI conducted an online survey of the 2012 sponsored members, in order to gather feedback on the benefits. More than 90% of survey respondents read at least one Earthquake Spectra journal article during the year, and about one third of respondents read more than five journal articles. Just over 80% of the sponsored members indicated that they shared Earthquake Spectra journal articles with colleagues.
Din Muhammad Kakar, a geologist at the University of Balochistan in Quetta, conducts fieldwork. He spends much of his time educating the Pakistani public about earthquake risk and is a sponsored e-affiliate.
Since its founding in 1991, GeoHazards International has worked in more than 20 countries to improve earthquake and tsunami safety. Their goal is to empower practitioners, researchers, and decision makers with the tools, know-how, and information needed to make their communities safer from natural disasters. The EERI sponsorship provides professionals in developing countries with information about the latest advances in earthquake science, engineering, and policy.