FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Improving the Performance of Steel Moment Frame Connections   [open pdf - 29KB]

Alternate Title: Improving Performance Steel Moment Frame Connections

"The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "One of the critical lessons from the 1994 Northridge earthquake was the unacceptable performance of steel moment-resisting frame construction. In response to that performance, FEMA established the FEMA/SAC Steel Moment Resisting Frames Project. FEMA determined that the first need was for guidance on how to repair damaged buildings. With funds from the Congressionally-authorized NEHRP Northridge Research Fund, the work was completed in less than a year and its primary product, the Interim Guidelines for Steel Moment Resisting Frame Construction (FEMA-267), quickly became the de facto standard." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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