Seismic Waves: FEMA Advances Efforts to Reduce Earthquake Losses Through Performance-Based Seismic Design [open pdf - 369KB]
Seismic Waves is a newsletter published by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. "The work done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in preventing and mitigating losses before disaster strikes is as important and far-reaching as are its post-disaster services. This is especially true for earthquakes, where FEMA is steadily supporting advancements in mitigation to help prepare the Nation for these potentially devastating disasters. FEMA has reached another milestone in these efforts with the recent publication of Interim Testing Protocols for Determining the Seismic Performance Characteristics of Structural and Nonstructural Components (FEMA 461). For the first time, this publication provides methodologies to determine the seismic performance of a building's structural or nonstructural components in a consistent and comparable manner."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov
Seismic Waves (April 2008)