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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February 19, 1999

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The Applied Technology Council (ATC) is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Wind Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 16, 1999. the objective of the Wind Forum is to formulate potential wind engineering knowledge transfer projects. ATC intends that the Wind forum will be a catalyst for bringing forward potential projects that focus on areas where engineering technology can be focused effectively to address important wind engineering topics. The Wind Forum is an initiative of ATC's to promote the development of meaningful technology in fulfillment of our vision for "Advancing engineering applications for natural hazard mitigation." The Forum is being held in collaboration with the American Association for Wind Engineering and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Forum Panel consists of:

  • Edwin T. Dean, Dean Engineering, Inc., Portland, Oregon (Moderator)
  • Howard Burton, Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, Inc., Seattle, Washington
  • Arthur Chiu, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jim Delahay, Lane Bishop York Delahay, Inc., Alabama
  • Mike Gaus, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York
  • Do Kim, Institute for Business and Home Safety, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tim Reinhold, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
  • James Rossberg, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Virginia
  • Charles Thornton, Thornton-Tomasetti, New York, New York

The Wind Forum is scheduled from 1:30-5:00 p.m., April 16, 1999 and is being held in conjunction with the 1999 ASCE Structures Congress at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. Limited seating, to be provided on a first-come first-serve basis, is available at the Forum for persons interested in advancing new applications in wind engineering. Persons interested in participating should contact ATC at 650/595-1542 (fax 650/593-2320; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Attendance will be at the participant's own expense.