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The 15-member volunteer Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC) and its staff functions for state and local governments, the private sector, and the public to advance earthquake-related issues by developing, researching, and recommending seismic policies, approaches, and outreach aimed at reducing Utah's earthquake hazards and managing Utah's earthquake risk.

The Commission advises the Legislature, Governor, state and local government agencies, and the private sector on earthquake safety issues. The USSC acts as a source of information for individuals and groups concerned with earthquake safety, promotes earthquake-loss-reduction measures and legislation, and implements education and awareness campaigns in order to save lives, prevent injuries, protect property, and reduce social and economic disruption from the effects of severe seismic activity in Utah.