Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time [open pdf - 4MB]
From the Executive Summary: "The most recent reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), P.L. [Public Law] 115-307, includes a heightened focus on achieving community resilience and a new requirement for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to jointly convene a Committee of Experts to assess and recommend options for improving the built environment and critical infrastructure to reflect performance goals stated in terms of post-earthquake reoccupancy and functional recovery time. To comply with this mandate, NIST and FEMA developed a plan of action in which FEMA funded a Project Technical Panel, responsible for report development, and NIST funded a Project Review Panel, responsible for report review. The Committee of Experts consisted of the Project Technical Panel, with 17 outside experts and representation from all interest groups named in the reauthorization, and the Project Review Panel, with 10 outside experts and similar representation. To facilitate national-level stakeholder interaction, NIST hosted five stakeholder workshops that were used to gather additional information and feedback. This report provides a set of options in the form of recommendations, tasks, and alternatives for improving the built environment, which have been developed and assessed by the Committee of Experts. [...] The motivation for this report is the risk that the United States faces each year from all forms of natural hazards, including hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and earthquakes."
NIST-FEMA Special Publication, FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254
National Institute of Standards and Technology: https://www.nist.gov/