How to Contribute

California Earthquake Clearinghouse participants, EERI members, and other earthquake risk reduction professionals can contribute to reconnaissance efforts for this earthquake in the following ways:

1. Contribute Photos and Notes

There are several ways that you can contribute to our data collection effort.  (A) Contribute post-earthquake field observations and photos or (B) contribute relevant pre-event images of the impacted area to provide baseline data for locations that field teams should visit to observe impacts. Once reconnaissance teams and others begin to share their photos and observations, they will also be shown on the virtual clearinghouse Data Map and Photo Gallery pages.  All submissions will help inform both reconnaissance and recovery efforts.  

Here is a video on how to use our batch uploader tool here.

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2. Inform the California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI of your reconnaissance plans

If you will be participating as a part of a reconnaissance mission, recovery mission, or traveling to the impacted area for any other purpose you are encouraged to share details with the California Earthquake Clearinghouse. The California Earthquake Clearinghouse will be hosting virtual clearinghouse briefing calls as to facilitate coordination and share preliminary observations. If you would like to participate in virtual clearinghouse briefing calls, please complete this form:

3. Team Coordination

The California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI are working to facilitate coordination among organizations providing responses to this earthquake event in the following ways:
1) Support colleagues in the field by providing organized and non-redundant communication.
2) Coordinate reconnaissance activities among activated organizations.
3) Determine the value of establishing collaborative actions or joint efforts among teams or organizations.
4) Facilitate the compilation and distribution of reconnaissance data from multiple organizations with the purpose of developing a large and rich data set for the earthquake mitigation community to draw upon.

4. Volunteer with the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team

Volunteer to be a part of the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT). VERT is considering activation for this earthquake. To stay up to date on VERT activities and participate in any response activities, please sign up here.

5. Other Ways to Contribute

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.