The first workshop for the ‘Community-based Earthquake Early Warning (EEW)’ project was launched on 3rd April 2020. The original format was intended to be kanohi ki te kanohi; a half-day workshop of interested participants on the concept of community-based EEW. However, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the project team migrated the session to a virtual environment. Nevertheless, the virtual workshop was a success with 29 participants coming online and actively participating in the shortened two-hour session.
The first half of workshop had short presentations from Julia Becker on EEW in Aotearoa New Zealand, Alessandro Fascetti on low-cost sensors, Hamish Avery on using sensors in the commercial/industry setting, and Julian Thomson on challenges in using sensors to engage with schools. During the second part of the workshop, the participants engaged in small group discussions in virtual rooms. Facilitated by the project members, the groups discussed the capabilities, values, benefits, challenges of EEW for Aotearoa New Zealand.
The workshop aimed to build on previous research and initiate the collaborative discussion on the feasibility of a community EEW solution in Aotearoa New Zealand. The workshop is a start to build the community-of-practice for community EEW. Future workshops and webinars will be arranged by the team to continue the conversations. There is also a plan to launch a digital engagement platform for the members of the community-of-practice to share their ideas and knowledge. The project team continues to welcome anyone interested in this project. For more information email Raj Prasanna at R.Prasanna@massey.ac.nz