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Earthquakes pose one of the greatest natural hazards in the United States, with potential for significant casualties and damage to buildings and infrastructure. According to a 2006 National Research Council (NRC) report,2 42 States have some degree of earthquake risk and 18 of those States have areas of high or very high seismicity. Over 75 million Americans live in urban areas with moderate to high earthquake risk. www.nehrp.gov/
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July 15, 2015
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  • Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt Poster

    This poster provides visuals and descriptions so that homeowners can identify and fix at-risk areas of their homes to reduce future earthquake damage and disruption.

  • National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Fact Sheet

    Established by Congress in 1977, the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) works to reduce risks to life and property resulting from earthquakes. Focusing on research, building code standards, technical guidance, and education, NEHRP is a collaborative effort among the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

  • Identification and Reduction of Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in Schools

    This document provides assistance in the identification and reduction of nonstructural earthquake hazards in schools.

  • 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.

  • Catalog of FEMA Earthquake Resources

    This catalog provides an overview of more than 80 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program publications and resources available to the public. Several new FEMA earthquake publications and training resources have become available since this catalog was last updated in December 2010. Each resource is listed with a short description, its cover image when available, and an icon for its availability. Many of the resources are available online and can be ordered from the FEMA Distribution Center.

  • Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts: An Introduction to the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures

    One of the goals of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) is to encourage design and construction practices that address the earthquake hazard and minimize the resulting risk to life and property. The publication of FEMA P-749, a companion guide to the 2009 edition of the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (FEMA P-750), reaffirms FEMA’s ongoing commitment to achieving this goal. Understanding the basis for the seismic regulations in the nation’s building codes and standards is important to those outside the technical community including elected officials, decision-makers in the insurance and financial communities, and individual building or business owners and other concerned citizens. This document is intended to provide these interested individuals with a readily understandable explanation of the intent and requirements of seismic design in general and the Provisions in particular.

  • The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: FEMA Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2011

    The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) seeks to mitigate earthquake losses in the United States. FEMA is responsible for developing effective earthquake risk reduction tools and promoting their implementation, as well as supporting the development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards. The report provides many examples of replicable state best practices, projects, and initiatives for mitigating earthquake risk and increasing the disaster resilience of our communities. Some of the exciting projects accomplished by the FEMA Building Science Branch are also highlighted in the report, including the release of ROVER, a software tool to screen buildings for seismic risk; FEMA E-74, Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage, a new electronic publication posted on the FEMA website; the QuakeSmart Earthquake Mitigation Toolkit for Businesses, FEMA P-811DVD; and two new earthquake training courses: Earthquake Basics—Science, Risk, and Mitigation, IS-325, and a train-the-trainer course, Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation, FEMA P-909.

  • Expanding and Using Knowledge to Reduce Earthquake Losses: The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Strategic Plan 2001-2005

    This Strategic Plan was submitted to Congress in response to P.L. 95-124 (as amended) and P.L. 101-614 (as amended). The Strategic Plan guides federal earthquake research, loss reduction, and mitigation efforts in the U.S.; articulates the mission and goals of the NEHRP; provides a framework for priority-setting and the coordination of activities by the four NEHRP agencies and their partners; and defines priority areas for the future. A new strategic plan for NEHRP was released in 2008; this updated plan is available at http://www.nehrp.gov.

  • The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: FEMA Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2010

    The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) seeks to mitigate earthquake losses in the United States. FEMA is responsible for developing effective earthquake risk reduction tools and promoting their implementation, as well as supporting the development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards. This report highlights a cross-section of successful FEMA NEHRP projects and programs in Fiscal Year 2010. Some of the more exciting activities and accomplishments include ROVER, a new IT-based data collection and evaluation tool; QuakeSmart to assist local businesses mitigate earthquake losses; continuing work on the Performance-Based Seismic Design project; and engineering field work in Chile after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake. The report also includes many successful state, local, and regional activities in earthquake training and awareness, seismic safety inspections, building codes adoption, the development of multi-state groups, and public outreach.

  • Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 (Amended 2004)

    The following is a summary of the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-124, 42 U.S.C. 7701 et. seq.), as amended by Public Laws 101614, 105-47, 106-503, and 108-360.

  • Partners in Earthquake Mitigation: The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Report To Congress Fiscal Years 1999 and 2000

    This report describes the progress of the NEHRP agencies and their partners in Fiscal Years (FY) 1999 and 2000 in mitigating earthquake losses through basic and directed research and implementation activities in the fields of earthquake science and engineering.

  • The FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Accomplishments Report

    The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), which was first authorized by Congress in 1977, coordinates the earthquake-related activities of the Federal Government. The goal of NEHRP is to mitigate earthquake losses in the United States through basic and directed research and implementation activities in the fields of earthquake science and engineering. Under NEHRP, FEMA is responsible for developing effective earthquake risk reduction tools and promoting their implementation, as well as supporting the development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards. FEMA's NEHRP activities are led by the FEMA Headquarters (HQ), Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, in strong partnership with other FEMA HQ Directorates, and in coordination with the FEMA Regions, the States, the earthquake consortia, and other public and private partners. This report describes selected FEMA NEHRP accomplishments (HQ and Regional), followed by highlights from the States and U.S. territories and organizations which received FEMA support for NEHRP activities. The accomplishments described in this report showcase how FEMA and its partners, working in collaboration, continued to make progress toward earthquake loss-reduction nationwide.

  • Drop, Cover, and Hold On Poster (FEMA 529)

    This poster (17-inches by 22-inches) is intended for classroom use and updates a previous edition. The poster depicts a teacher and students in a classroom responding appropriately to the first sign of an earthquake (Drop, Cover, and Hold On).