FEMA offers a variety of earthquake-related information resources. In addition to the content provided on its earthquake web pages, these resources range from reports, handbooks, guides, and manuals to posters, software, web-based tools, and instructional materials. Below are the main categories of FEMA earthquake publications and tools.
- Individuals & Homeowners
Practical guides and checklists describing how you can prepare yourself, your family, and your home to reduce the likelihood of damage or injuries during earthquakes and the risk of hardships and disruptions following disasters.
- Teachers & Kids
Interactive lessons and other instructional materials that engage students in learning about earthquakes and earthquake safety; also practical preparedness information for child care providers.
- Private Sector & Small Businesses
Practical guides and checklists describing how you can prepare your business to reduce the likelihood of damage or injuries during earthquakes and the risk of hardships and disruptions following disasters.
- Community Planning & Policy
Reports, handbooks, case studies, and tools for use in planning, promoting, developing, and implementing seismic risk-reduction policies and programs at state and local levels.
- Building Professionals & Engineers
Technical guidance focusing on the evaluation, design, and construction of earthquake-resistant structural and nonstructural elements for new and existing buildings, lifelines, and other structures; includes the latest NEHRP recommended provisions for seismic design standards.
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FEMA develops many training resources used by building designers, managers, regulators, and others for self-study and instruction in how to reduce the seismic vulnerability of new and existing buildings and their contents. In addition to print, online, and CD-based publications, these resources include presentation slides, course videos, and recorded webinars. FEMA also offers instructor-led training courses through the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program.
- Building Codes and Seismic Rehabilitation
Among the most important strategies for earthquake risk reduction are the development, adoption, and enforcement of seismic building codes and standards, and the seismic rehabilitation of existing structures—these publications and tools address the public policy, socioeconomic, and technical aspects of these strategies. (This category combines relevant publications from the “Public Policy Makers and Planners” and “Building Designers, Managers, and Regulators” categories.)