Effectiveness of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: A Report from the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction [May 2008] [open pdf - 290KB]
This report form the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction discusses the severity of the diminishing funds appropriated for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the recommendations for its participating agencies, FEMA, NSF, NIST and the USGS. "This report is a brief synthesis of the Committee's observations, conclusions, and recommendations related to the current status of NEHRP. It does not attempt to repeat information received by ACEHR on NEHRP activities to date of strategic plans. It also does not attempt to outline the process used to develop the recommendations, as that is well noted in the meeting summaries, the trends and developments papers and the assessment scorecard used to gather opinions related to effectiveness. The report is organized around the task assigned to ACEHR by its authorizing legislation. Section 2, Program Effectiveness and Needs, is organized by NEHRP agency and focuses on past and current accomplishments, future plans, and modifications needed to address the goals of the 2008-2012 NEHRP Strategic Plan. Two or three prioritized recommendations are included that related to augmenting each agency's activities beyond their current efforts. Section 3, Management, Coordination, and Implementation of NEHRP, includes complimentary assessments of the "new" NEHRP office within NIST, the effectiveness of the Program Coordination Working Group (PCWG), and the intrinsic agencies and the Directors of the White House OMB and OSTP. This report also includes some suggestions on future ACEHR activities and membership and a single recommendation related to post-earthquake investigations."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/