NEC2020 technical sessions focus on new federal products, resources, initiatives

The 2020 National Earthquake Conference and 72nd EERI Annual Meeting are pleased to announce an exciting line-up of technical sessions designed to broaden your perspectives and impact. The conference will be held March 4-6, 2020 in San Diego, Calif.

The following sessions will focus on the release of new federal products, resources, and initiatives. Register today before the early-bird rate ends December 31!

FEMA Guidance on Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluations: Current State-of-Practice and Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability

FEMA recently published FEMA P-2055, Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance: Report on the Current State of Practice including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability. This guide summarizes and references best practice guideline documents, identifies recommended improvements and needs, and provides interim recommendations for issues without best practice guidance. This presentation will focus on recommendations related to earthquakes, including considerations for program planning prior to an incident and program management and implementation practices after an incident.


Development of NIST-FEMA Recommendations for Achieving Functional Recovery

The discussion will define functional recovery, explain why it is needed, then focus on implementation options, including an assessment of each option’s pros and cons developed with input from social scientists as well as architects, engineers, building owners, government officials, and building code officials. This session stems from the 2019 reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, which included a new requirement for NIST and FEMA to “convene a committee of experts from Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, disaster management professional associations, engineering professional associations, and professional construction and homebuilding industry associations, to assess and recommend options for improving the built environment and critical infrastructure to reflect performance goals stated in terms of post-earthquake re-occupancy and functional recovery time.”


Leveraging Newly Available Tools, Guidance and Applications for Seismic Risk Reduction and Recovery

This session will focus on several applied research projects managed by the Applied Technology Council (ATC) that developed tools and guidance focused on seismic risk mitigation and recovery. These products include FEMA P58-7: Building the Performance You Need, ATC-119-1: Application of FEMA P58 for City of San Francisco’s Tall Building Safety Strategy, FEMA P-2018: Seismic Evaluation of Older Concrete Buildings for Collapse Potential, Guidelines for the Assessment and Repair of Earthquake Damage in Residential Wood-frame Buildings, and FEMA P-530: Earthquake Safety at Home: Prepare, Protect, Survive, Recover, Repair.


Making Cents of FEMA Mitigation Funding

This session will discuss how earthquake program managers, emergency managers, and jurisdictions can identify and leverage federal funding sources for earthquake mitigation and planning activities. The session will cover new and existing federal funding sources, including the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, National Mitigation Investment Strategy, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program, FEMA mitigation grant programs, and more.


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Join us in San Diego, California for the 2020 National Earthquake Conference and 72nd EERI Annual Meeting!