"The problem was that the Vancouver Fire Department had little understanding of pre-existing conditions that could determine the extent of damage from an earthquake. The project investigated the seismic threats and recommended guidelines for enhancing preparation, planning, and response efforts. Using descriptive methodology, the research identified likely earthquake scenarios, local infrastructure and facilities vulnerabilities, and measures to prepare the city and citizens for an earthquake. The procedures included a review of scientific and emergency management literature, analysis of response areas using geologic maps, informal interviews with building and planning officials, and systematic evaluation of critical structures. The results included focused hazard assessments and emergency facility vulnerability analyses. Recommendations included pre-earthquake structural upgrades, planning and education measures."