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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Chris Rojahn, Director Emeritus for the Applied Technology Council (ATC), will be honored as the 2017 Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal winner at the 2017 EERI Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon on March 9.

The Alquist Medal is awarded to an individual, company, or organization that has made substantial contributions to the field of seismic safety and earthquake risk reduction, having directly affected the seismic safety of the general population. The Alquist Medal recognizes career contributions or notable and/or singular achievements: a significant contribution to the public good is the primary selection criterion.

ATC is proud to say that Mr. Rojahn led the company for 34 years as its Executive Director until his recent retirement. Since joining ATC in 1981, Mr. Rojahn served as Principal Investigator/Project Manager/Senior Advisor on more than 50 major projects involving earthquake and natural hazard mitigation issues.

Mr. Rojahn is also committed to the application of the science and safety of the people and has become true voice of the profession, testifing before the U. S. Congress and advising the White House Office of Science Technology Policy on issues relating to earthquake hazard mitigation.

"Mr. Rojahn’s career exemplifies the attributes of Alquist Award recipients who have advanced seismic risk reduction through the integration of science, practice, education and public policy." - EERI "Pulse" Newsletter