A Recommended Federal Action Plan for Reducing Earthquake Hazards of Existing Buildings

by Christopher Rojahn, Applied Technology Council, Redwood, City, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures

Abstract: In September 1985 a Five-Year Plan for reducing earthquake hazards of existing buildings was submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This plan, prepared by the Applied Technology Council, the Building Seismic Safety Council, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, identifies recommended strategies, techniques, research needs, and resources required to reduce the potential for loss of life and life-threatening injuries in earthquakes. Twenty-four principal tasks associated with the following key elements are recommended: Technical and Engineering Requirements, Public Policy, Legal, and Financial Strategies, Special Requirements of Historic Buildings, Multihazard Assessment, and Information Transfer and Dissemination. The total estimated cost in federal funds for the five-year program is 40,400,000.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Federal government | Existing buildings | Building management | Building design | Public health and safety | Lifeline systems

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