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Building Science - Earthquake Publications

It is important that communities at risk of earthquakes and tsunamis take proper safety precautions to reduce the risk of life and property when one of these hazards strike. FEMA Building Science provides publications and guidance so that communities can become stronger and better able to withstand the harsh effects of these seismic events. Incorporating FEMA guidance into the development of new and existing buildings will create more resilient buildings that will keep building occupants safe, as well as result in less damages following one of these events.

Seismic Sleuths: Earthquakes—A Teacher's Package for Grades 7-12 (FEMA-P-253)

his package provides middle and high school teachers with information about the causes and effects of earthquakes. Activity sheets for students and background materials for teachers are provided in each of the volume’s six units. The units assess students’ knowledge about earthquakes and provide information about preparedness and emergency management; discuss the causes of earthquakes, including crustal stresses and the earth’s structure, and their effects; present information on seismic waves and the development of seismology and instruments used to measure an earthquake’s magnitude; explain the effects of earthquakes on buildings and earthquake-resistant design techniques; and discuss earthquake preparedness and the reactions of different populations to historical earthquakes. The last unit provides a variety of summary and assessment activities and additional resources.

Typical Costs for Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings. Volume 2: Supporting Documentation. Second Edition (FEMA-P-157)

This document is a companion volume to FEMA 156. The document provides an in-depth discussion of the approaches and methodology that were used in developing the second edition of FEMA 156.

2020 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures: Volume II, Part 3

FEMA P-2082-2: This part of the 2020 NEHRP Provisions consists of a series of Part 3 resource papers. They introduce new concepts and procedures for trial use by the design community, researchers, and standards-development and code-development organizations. They also represent Issue Team efforts on substantive proposals for topics that require further consideration by the seismic design community and additional research before being considered for Parts 1 and 2 provisions.

2020 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures: Volume I, Parts 1 and 2

FEMA P-2082-1: The 2020 NEHRP Provisions continues to apply the current state-of-knowledge in earthquake engineering for improving the seismic design of buildings and other structures. It presents a set of recommended improvements to the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Standard: Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, and nine resource papers on new concepts, suggested future development, and technical information in support of the recommended improvements.

Part 1 of the Provisions provides recommended changes to the seismic requirements of ASCE 7-16, Chapters 11 to 22. Part 2 of the Provisions provides a complete commentary for each chapter.

FEMA B-526 - Earthquake Safety Checklist

This quick reference guide helps individuals and families prepare for an earthquake and prevent earthquake-related damage to their homes. The easy-to-read booklet features instructions on conducting earthquake drills and “hazard hunts.” Also included are a checklist of disaster supplies, tips on what to do during and after an earthquake, and additional resources. In ENGLISH and SPANISH.

Last updated February 22, 2021