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Background

The West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission (WTSSC) was created in 2006 through the Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 58, Section 4 and has been tasked to initiate, with the assistance of state, federal, and local government agencies, a comprehensive program to prepare the state for responding to a major earthquake. The WTSSC is a twelve (12) member board appointed as follows:  two (2) members chosen by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, two (2) members chosen by the Speaker of the Senate and eight (8) members appointed by the governor to represent the following professional areas: architecture, fire protection, public utilities, engineering, geology or seismology, local government, insurance, business, emergency health services, nonprofit emergency assistance, local education and emergency management.

The Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis (created by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-8-602) is authorized to and directed to provide any information or services requested by the commission to achieve its goals.


The West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission will hold a public business meeting at 12:00 pm on Friday February 21 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, Audubon Room.  The WTSSC will meet informally before the meeting at 11:00 AM.

Holiday Inn Memphis, University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue TN 38111

Holiday Inn Memphis, University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue TN 38111

Please park in the Holiday Inn visitor’s lot.  There is a convenient entrance on the east side of the building.

The West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission is a twelve (12) member board, appointed as follows: two (2) members chosen by the speaker of the House of Representatives, two (2) members chosen by the speaker of the Senate and eight (8) members appointed by the Governor. The members shall include persons who represent the following professional areas: architecture, fire protection, public utilities, engineering, geology or seismology, local government, insurance, business, emergency health services, nonprofit emergency assistance, local education and emergency management.  The commission shall initiate, with the assistance and participation of other state, federal and local government agencies, a comprehensive program to prepare the state for responding to a major earthquake.

For directions, special accommodations, or additional information, please contact Gary Patterson at 901-678-5264 or Kim Boyd at 901-678-3198.