ATC-23: A Survey of California Hospitals for Earthquake Survivability Potential

by Donald K. Jephcott,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


In September, 1986 the SSC recommended the completion of a survey of existing acute care hospitals as the first step in a program to bring about the upgrading of all pre-1973 hospitals to improve their ability to function following an earthquake. In response to this the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development contracted with the Applied Technology Council in 1987 to complete the inventory of existing hospitals. The inventory, which places each building in a survivability index class developed for the program, will cover some 500 hospitals containing an estimated 2,500 buildings and 100,000 acute care beds in Phases I and II.

Subject Headings: Geomatic surveys | Health care facilities | Earthquakes | Equipment and machinery | Legislation | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Safety | California | United States

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