The Plan to Coordinate NEHRP Post-Earthquake Investigations

Holzer, Thomas L.
Borcherdt, Roger D.
Comartin, Craig D.
Hanson, Robert D.
Scawthorn, Charles R.
Tierney, Kathleen J.
Youd, T. Leslie
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Disaster Research Center
This is the plan to coordinate domestic and foreign post-earthquake investigations supported by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The plan addresses coordination of both the NEHRP agencies-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Science Foundation (NSF), and U. S. Geological Survey (USGS)- and their partners. The plan is a framework for both coordinating what is going to be done and identifying responsibilities for post-earthquake investigations. It does not specify what will be done. Coordination is addressed in various time frames ranging from hours to years after an earthquake. The plan includes measures for (1) gaining rapid and general agreement on high-priority research opportunities, and (2) conducting the data gathering and field studies in a coordinated manner. It deals with identification, collection, processing,processing, documentation, archiving, and dissemination of the results of post-earthquake work in a timely manner and easily accessible format. For the purposes of this plan a significant domestic earthquake is defined as either (1) an earthquake resulting in a Presidential disaster declaration, or (2) an earthquake considered by NEHRP agencies to provide an opportunity to learn how to reduce future earthquake losses in the United States. The plan organizes domestic post-earthquake investigation and information dissemination activities into three phases, which include the following elements:
NEHRP , Post-Earthquake Investigations , FEMA , NIST , NSF , USGS