Earthquake resilience technology webinar and guidance for Earthquake Awareness Month

Earthquake resilience technology webinar and guidance for Earthquake Awareness Month

During the month of February, Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) will promote earthquake awareness, including educational resources for increasing resilience of the built environment and facilitating recovery from earthquakes. CUSEC is providing webinars that are intended to educate the public, private sector, first responders, and government.

A webinar on a new technology of interest to those involved in hazard mitigation and planning will be held on February 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST, featuring the Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) App used to screen buildings for potential earthquake vulnerabilities.

For more information and to register, visit CUSEC’s registration page for this webinar. (https://cusec.org/february-is-earthquake-awareness-month-6/)

Also relevant to earthquake resilience is a publication released in January 2021 in support of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), titled Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Re-occupancy and Functional Recovery Time.

(https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/options-improving-post-earthquake-re-occupancy-and-functional-recovery-time)

This report is a joint effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to chart a path toward superior earthquake recovery.

NIST and FEMA were given responsibility to determine how to achieve greater community resilience in the event of an earthquake. For the last century, seismic building codes and practice shave primarily focused on saving lives by reducing the likelihood of significant damage or structural collapse. Recovery of critical functions provided by buildings and infrastructure have received less attention.

The report recommendations call for members of the government, codes and standards organizations, and industry to work together in developing a national framework for setting and achieving goals based on recovery time. This involves first identifying what level of function provided by buildings and lifelines should be maintained after an earthquake, and then determining an acceptable time for them to be out of commission.