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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March 13, 2007

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At the annual Organizational Board meeting on February 3, 2007, the Applied Technology Council (ATC) Board of Directors elected officers for the Year 2007. Mr. Patrick Buscovich of Patrick Buscovich & Associates, San Francisco, California, was elected President. During his seven years on the Board, Pat has served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and on numerous ATC Board Committees. Succeeding Pat as Vice President is Dr. James Harris of J. R. Harris & Company, Denver, Colorado. Mr. David Hutchinson of Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Sacramento, California, was elected Secretary-Treasurer for a second term.

Board Meeting dates and places were set as follows:

  • April 28, 2007: Tampa, Florida (at the Institute for Business and Home Safety)
  • July 14, 2007: Palo Alto, California "
  • October 20, 2007: Urbana, Illinois (preceded by a one-day meeting with representatives of the Mid-America Earthquake Center)
  • February 2, 2008: San Francisco Bay area, California (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: Gregory Deierlein, Stanford University, Stanford, California; Ramon Gilsanz, Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP, New York, New York; Lawrence Griffis, Walter P. Moore & Associates, Austin, Texas; Eve Hinman, Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc., San Francisco, California; Christopher Jones (Past President), Consulting Coastal Engineer, Durham, North Carolina; Steven Kuan, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Victoria, British Columbia; Marc Levitan, Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Manny Morden, Brandow & Johnston, Sherman Oaks, California; John Price, Curry Price Court, San Diego, California; James Robinson, Robinson Associates, Consulting Engineers, Inc., Norcross, Georgia; Spencer Rogers, North Carolina Sea Grant, Wilmington, North Carolina; and Charles Thornton, CHT and Company, Easton, Maryland.