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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August 24, 1998

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The Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC) are pleased to announce a series of two-day regional training seminars to introduce the recently completed NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings and its Commentary (FEMA 273 and 274 documents). The seminars will be conducted in as many as 19 cities throughout the nation between November 1998 and April 1999. The first nine seminars will be held in Charleston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco/Oakland, and Seattle.

The seminar program has been developed for practicing structural and civil engineers, architects, seismic engineering educators and students, building regulatory personnel, and other technical design professionals. The two-day seminar program includes 12 hours of presentations on the following topics:

  • Issues in seismic rehabilitation
  • Overview of the Guidelines and new seismic hazard maps
  • Simplified Rehabilitation-overview and example applications
  • Structural dynamics and relationship of nonlinear analysis to economical rehabilitation-Concepts and basics for introduction to systematic Rehabilitation
  • Systematic Rehabilitation-Overview and general discussion
  • Systematic Rehabilitation-Modeling and analysis
  • Systematic Rehabilitation-Foundations and geotechnical considerations
  • Rehabilitation of nonstructural elements
  • Systematic Rehabilitation-Examples of applications to steel buildings
  • Systematic Rehabilitation-Examples of applications to masonry buildings
  • Systematic Rehabilitation-Examples of applications to concrete buildings
  • Systematic Rehabilitation-Examples of applications to wood buildings

Each seminar will include presentations by individuals specially selected because of their technical expertise and their ability to effectively convey technical information to large audiences. The seminars are being co-sponsored by local structural engineers associations and/or local chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers. For further information, contact: ATC-33-1 Project, Applied Technology Council, 555 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 550, Redwood City, CA 94065; Phone: 650/595-1542; Fax: 650/593-2320; e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration forms can be downloaded from ATC's web site (