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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Project Title: Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR) II Joint Venture, Production and Technical Services (PTS) for Architect and Engineering Services Nationwide Contract

Client: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Purpose: To provide technical assistance and support services to FEMA on Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Projects (HMTAP) and Technical Assistance and Research Contract (TARC) projects on an as-needed, on-demand basis.


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The Applied Technology Council (ATC) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation established in 1973 through the efforts of the Structural Engineers Association of California.  ATC's mission is to develop and promote state-of-the-art, user-friendly engineering resources and applications for use in mitigating the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment.  ATC also identifies and encourages needed research and develops consensus opinions on structural engineering issues in a nonproprietary format.

Featured Project Reports and Seminar Proceedings

Recommendations for
Improved Seismic Performance
of Nonstructural Components
Background and

for Future Work
Reducing the Risks of
Nonstructural Earthquake
Damage– A Practical Guide


FEMA P-58 Series, Seismic Performance Assessment of Buildings—Including Nonstructural Components


Performance of Buildings
and Nonstructural Components
in the 2014 South Napa Earthquake

ATC-20-1, Field Manual:
Postearthquake Safety
Evaluation of Buildings
(Second Edition)
Recommended US-Italy
Collaborative Guidelines for
Bracing and Anchoring Nonstructural
Components in Italian Hospitals (2014)
Proceedings of a Seminar and
Workshop on Seismic Design
and Performance of Equipment
and Nonstructural Elements in
Buildings and Industrial Structures (1992)
Proceedings of Seminar on
Seismic Design, Retrofit,
and Performance of
Nonstructural Components
Proceedings: Seminar on
Seismic Design, Performance,
and Retrofit of Nonstructural
Components in Critical Facilities

Available Training Courses

Reducing the Risks of
Nonstructural Earthquake Damage
– A Practical Guide
Earthquake Mitigation
for Hospitals

Home and Business
Earthquake Safety and Mitigation


Project Title: Update of Seismic Retrofitting Guidance

Client: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Purpose: To develop a new FEMA support document that would provide design examples for seismic retrofit of specific buildings using the new ASCE/SEI 41-13 consensus standard. This new document replaces FEMA 276 Example Applications document.

This project produced the FEMA P-2006 report, Example Application Guide for ASCE/SEI 41-13 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings; with Additional Commentary for ASCE/SEI 41-17.


Project Title: Technical Training and Product Development

Client: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Purpose: To develop and maintain educational courses, related training materials, technical and non-technical guidance materials for earthquake mitigation, and conduct those training courses/webinars on behalf of FEMA. This project also supports the update of FEMA technical design guidance products, as needed, with a focus on course development, special projects, and national webinars. The project also has funding to deliver NETAP (ATC-66-10) trainings requested by states that exceed the ATC-66-10 budget, and the project will support the planning and delivery of a summit in Salt Lake City focused on unreinforced masonry.

This project has produced the following reports:

FEMA P-530Earthquake Safety at Home

FEMA P-1024/RA2, South Napa Earthquake Recovery Advisory: Earthquake Strengthening of Cripple Walls in Wood-Frame Dwellings, Second Edition

FEMA P-1092, Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center Tall Buildings Initiative, Version 2.01

FEMA P-2055Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance –Report on the Current State of Practice, including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability

FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special ReportRecommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time

ATC-137-2Proceedings: FEMA-Sponsored Summit on Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in Utah