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Earthquake Information for Building Designers, Managers, and Regulators

Below are links to information of use to architects, engineers, and builders, to building inspectors and other regulatory officials, to facility owners and managers, and to others interested in designing or constructing earthquake-resistant buildings, lifelines, or other structures. Use these resources to help make the built environment more resilient against the potentially dangerous and damaging effects of earthquakes.

  • Publications
    Browse and access FEMA publications that provide authoritative guidance on earthquake- and tsunami-resistant design, construction, and rehabilitation. Most of these documents can be downloaded online, and others can be ordered in print or on compact disc.
  • Training
    FEMA offers training and technical assistance focused on earthquake risk reduction, particularly on identifying and mitigating seismic hazards in the built environment. Other FEMA training addresses mitigation, preparedness, and response subjects that are applicable to earthquakes and other hazards.
  • Building Codes
    Learn about two of the most important strategies for mitigating earthquake risks, the adoption and enforcement of up-to-date building codes and the seismic retrofitting of vulnerable structures.
  • Contacts
    Find individuals and organizations that you can go to for more information about earthquake risk-reduction activities in your state, in your region, or at FEMA.
Last Updated: 
12/18/2015 - 15:13