Effectiveness of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: A Report from the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction [June 2012] [open pdf - 954KB]
"The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), first authorized in 1977, is embodied in Public Law 108--360. The program has grown to embrace an overarching vision of 'a nation that is earthquake-resilient in public safety, economic strength, and national security, and its mission to develop, disseminate, and promote knowledge, tools, and practices for earthquake risk reduction--through coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency partnerships among the NEHRP agencies and their stakeholders--that improve the Nation's earthquake resilience in public safety, economic strength, and national security'. NEHRP is a highly successful program that for more than 30 years has uniquely contributed to improving earthquake awareness and preparedness in the United States and around the world. Through its four member agencies, it has significantly advanced our understanding of the earthquake process and related hazards and risks. This enhanced understanding has led to earthquake-safe design and construction techniques that when properly applied serve to secure communities against catastrophic failure. The earthquake community is beginning to understand how to best deal with seismic hazards and risks, and today, there is a growing understanding that we need to expand our goals from safety to resilience."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/