Strategic Plan for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: Fiscal Years 2009-2013 [open pdf - 1MB]
"This Strategic Plan for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) for Fiscal Years 2009--2013 is submitted to Congress by the Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC) of NEHRP, as required by the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-124, 42 U.S.C. 7701 et. seq.), as amended by Public Law 108-360. The Plan outlines a cooperative program of earthquake monitoring, research, implementation, education, and outreach activities performed by the NEHRP agencies. [...] Accomplishing the NEHRP mission requires developing and applying knowledge based on research in the geological, engineering, and social sciences; educating leaders and the public; and assisting State, local, and private-sector leaders to develop standards, policies, and practices. The NEHRP agencies have established three overarching, long-term Strategic Goals: Improve understanding of earthquake processes and impacts; Develop cost-effective measures to reduce earthquake impacts on individuals, the built environment, and society at large; and improve the earthquake resilience of communities nationwide. [...] The Plan adds nine new cross-cutting Strategic Priorities that directly support the goals and augment other ongoing agency activities needed to satisfy them. The NEHRP agencies plan to emphasize these priorities during the Strategic Plan period. The priorities are: Fully implement the Advanced National Seismic System; Improve techniques for evaluating and rehabilitating existing buildings; Further develop Performance-Based Seismic Design; Increase consideration of socioeconomic issues related to hazard mitigation implementation; Develop a national post-earthquake information management system; Develop advanced earthquake risk mitigation technologies and practices; Develop guidelines for earthquake-resilient lifeline components and systems; Develop and conduct earthquake scenarios for effective earthquake risk reduction and response and recovery planning; Facilitate improved earthquake mitigation at State and local levels."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/