Federal Emergency Management Agency

An Action Plan for Reducing Earthquake Hazards of Existing Buildings

Main Content
Buildings in the United States have been constructed in a variety of environments. Many located in areas of seismic risk are not earthquake resistant. Thus, even moderate earthquakes threaten to result in substantial life loss and injury. The purpose of this action plan therefore, is to reduce the potential for loss of life and life threatening injuries in earthquakes. To achieve this goal, the action plan identifies recommended strategies, techniques, research needs, and resources required to initiate and sustain hazard abatement programs for existing seismically hazardous nonfederal buildings nationwide. The action plan recommends a variety of initiatives and activities and involves two main thrusts: the need for research on a variety of subjects, and the need to accelerate the application of current knowledge, practice and techniques.
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An Action Plan for Reducing Earthquake Hazards of Existing Buildings
December 1, 1985
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