Seismic Waves is a newsletter published by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. "Through its participation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plays a leading role in disseminating and implementing earthquake risk reduction knowledge and strategies cultivated by NEHRP and others. To carry out this work, the agency collaborates with many partners, none more important than state governments. This year FEMA reestablished a dedicated program designed to strengthen its partnerships with state earthquake programs. The Earthquake Hazards Reduction State Assistance Program is one part of FEMA's activities under the NEHRP Reauthorization Act of 2004, which directs the agency to support state efforts to mitigate seismic risks and thereby reduce future losses from earthquakes. FEMA will be providing program funds annually to states and U.S. territories that face serious earthquake hazards and that develop ways to effectively reduce risks posed by these hazards. Recipients can use program funds for a range of eligible activities, including 1. assessing needs for mitigation by delineating the seismic threats that are faced, their potential impacts on people and property, and the vulnerability of critical structures and lifelines; 2. developing plans for mitigating existing vulnerabilities; 3. updating building codes, zoning codes, and ordinances to enhance earthquake safety and resilience and to reduce the propagation of new vulnerabilities; and 4. strengthening public awareness of earthquake risks to promote support for and engagement in mitigation and preparedness efforts. Program funds are intended to supplement and leverage states' existing support for such activities."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/
Seismic Waves (December 2009)