Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission


The Commission investigates earthquakes, researches earthquake-related issues and reports, and recommends to the Governor and Legislature policies and programs needed to reduce earthquake risk. 

Among the duties of the Commission are:


Managing California’s Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
Reviewing seismic activities funded by the State
Providing a consistent policy direction for earthquake-related programs for agencies at all government levels
Proposing and reviewing earthquake-related legislation
Conducting public hearings on seismic safety issues
Recommending earthquake safety programs to governmental agencies and the private sector
Investigating and evaluating earthquake damage and reconstruction efforts following damaging earthquakes

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