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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ATC's Research Applications Manager, Ayse Hortacsu, spent one week in Haiti documenting the damage in Port-au-Prince. The reconnaissance team also included Eduardo Miranda of Stanford University, Veronica Cedillos of Geohazards International, and Carlos Cabrera and Chris Sams of Risk Management Solutions. Together, the team visited the heavily damaged downtown areas, two hospitals and one clinic, numerous school buildings, several government buildings, the public pier, and two cement plants. Some information regarding their visit can be found on their blog.

The image below shows their daily routes captured with a gps geotagger the team was equipped with. Each day's route is shown in a different color.

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