Now Available! FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report

The joint FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report, Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time, is available for immediate download.  This report was requested by Congress as part of the most recent National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) reauthorization, and is the work of a Committee of Experts including more than 30 individuals from federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, disaster management professional associations, engineering professional associations, and professional construction and homebuilding industry associations.

The report provides options in the form of recommendations, tasks, and alternatives for improving the built environment to increase resilience and reduce the impacts of future natural hazard events.  It includes one overarching recommendation and six additional supporting recommendations. Across all recommendations, there are 17 tasks identifying necessary actions and nine possible alternative actions needed for implementation.  Finally, the report includes an assessment of the recommendations and describes a path forward for implementation.  

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Chiara McKenney
Associate Director of Projects

Chiara joined ATC in 2020. As a project manager, Chiara guides the development of new ATC publications and facilitates the dissemination of existing ATC resources. Prior to joining ATC, Chiara spent six years as a consulting engineer, where her work included seismic retrofits, new construction, building alterations, and seismic protection of nonstructural components.  Internationally, she has supported the development of seismic retrofit and new construction designs for masonry buildings in Nepal and Haiti. She participated in post-earthquake investigations following the 2014 South Napa and 2019 Albania earthquakes. In 2020, Chiara was named a Housner Fellow of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. She has served as a Director on the Board of the EERI Northern California Chapter, a Lead Instructor with Engineers Alliance of the Arts, and a member of the Editorial Board for the World Housing Encyclopedia. Chiara is licensed as a structural engineer and civil engineer in California.

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Project Title: ATC Hazards by Location Website for Geographic-Based Design Parameters 

Client: ATC Endowment Fund

Purpose: To update and enhance the ATC windspeed and ground snow load websites, and to add additional functionality related to other hazards, including tornado, earthquake, flood, hurricane, ice, and tsunami.



Sponsorship: This website was initially funded by the ATC Endowment Fund because of its importance to practicing professionals. We encourage you to help sponsor the site by making a donation to the ATC Endowment Fund to defray the initial website development cost and the cost of ongoing maintenance. 


Project Title: Improving Seismic Design of New Buildings

Client: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Purpose: Part 1: to quantify and validate the seismic performance of buildings in very high seismic risk regions, to identify weaknesses in current code provisions and design practices for these buildings, and to provide recommendations for any necessary code modifications and improvements to design practices. Part 2: to complete the update of the FEMA P-1026 technical guidance document by incorporating new information on metal deck diaphragms and improvements developed by the 2020 NEHRP Provisions Update Committee Issue Team 9.


Project Title: Research Plan for the Study of Pre-Northridge Earthquake Weak Panel Zones in Welded Column Splices with PJP Groove Welds

Client: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Purpose: To develop a comprehensive, concise long-range program plan to research the seismic behavior of pre-Northridge weak panel zones and welded column splices in steel frames.


Project Title: Developing a Framework for Design of Lifeline Infrastructure Systems for Functional Recovery

Client: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Purpose: To prepare a NIST report that presents a framework to enable decision making for functional recovery of water, wastewater, and electric power lifeline systems after earthquake events.