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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At the annual Organizational Board meeting on January 29, 2016, the Applied Technology Council (ATC) Board of Directors elected officers for the Year 2016. Ms. Victoria Arbitrio of Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP, New York City, New York, was elected President. During her five years on the Board, Vickie has served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and on numerous ATC Board Committees. Succeeding Vickie as Vice President is Mr. Michael D. Engelhardt of the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. Mr. William Staehlin, Consulting Structural Engineer in Truckee, California, was elected Secretary-Treasurer for a second term.

Meeting dates and locations for the 2016-2017 Board meetings are set as follows:

  • May 7, 2016: Atlanta, Georgia (preceded by a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium – home of the Atlanta Falcons)
  • July 30, 2016: To be determined
  • October 15, 2016: Maui, Hawaii (in conjunction with the SEAOC Annual Convention to be held October 12-15)
  • January 28, 2017: San Francisco Bay Area, West Coast (Annual and Organizational Meetings)

ATC Board members are appointed for three-year terms, and some Board members serve more than one term. In addition to the above-cited officers, the ATC Board consists of James A. Amundson, Past President, Hope-Amundson Engineering, San Diego, California; Leighton Cochran, Leighton Cochran Consulting, Queensland, Australia; Anthony B. Court, A. B. Court & Associates, San Diego, California; Kurtis R. Gurley, University of Florida Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, Gainesville, Florida; Erleen Hatfield, Buro Happold, New York, New York; Doug Hohbach, Hohbach-Lewin, Inc., Palo Alto, California; Andrew B. Kennedy, University of Notre Dame College of Engineering, Notre Dame, Indiana; Roberto T. Leon, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia; James O. Malley, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, California; Robert Paullus Jr., Paullus Structural Consultants, Olive Branch, Mississippi; Williston (Bill) L. Warren, IV, SESOL Inc., Newport Beach, California; Kent Yu, SEFT Consulting Group, Beaverton, Oregon