National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2017
Recent Events 
QuakeSmart Provides Keys to Resilience in Anchorage
The FEMA QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop presented by FLASH and Legacy Partner Simpson Strong-Tie in Alaska took on a extra dimension in the state that ranks number one on its top ten list of earthquake states. With fewer than 12,000 miles of paved roads, Alaskans must not only be ready for a major earthquake; they must also plan to be self-sufficient as they will likely be isolated when it happens. 
More than 100 people from the Anchorage business, nonprofit, and emergency management community attended the workshop to learn about the Alaska risk picture. "Between 1985 and 2015, Alaska has experienced 85 percent of the M5 or greater earthquakes in North America," according to the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Michael O'Hare.  Read More >
New Reports & Findings 
Senate Confirms President Trump's Nominee to Lead FEMA 

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Brock Long, President Trump's pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

The Senate easily confirmed Long in a 95-4 vote. The only "no" votes came from Democrats: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. 

Long was the director of Alabama's Emergency Management Agency from 2008 to 2011. He developed Alabama's response to the H1N1 influenza and served as the state incident commander during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Long is the executive vice president at Hagerty, an emergency management consulting firm he joined in 2011.   Read More >
New PEER Report 2017/06: "Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings" Version 2.0
These Seismic Design Guidelines for Tall Buildings present a recommended alternative to the prescriptive procedures for seismic design of buildings contained in the ASCE 7 standard and the International Building Code (IBC). The intended audience includes structural engineers and building officials engaged in seismic design and review of tall buildings. Properly executed, these Guidelines are intended to result in buildings that are capable of reliably achieving the seismic performance objectives intended by ASCE 7, and in some aspects, and where specifically noted, somewhat superior performance to such objectives. Individual users may adapt and modify these Guidelines to serve as the basis for designs intended to achieve higher seismic performance objectives than specifically intended herein.

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center published a first edition of these Guidelines in 2010 in response to the growing use of alternative performance-based approaches for seismic design of tall buildings. Major innovations introduced in that volume included: use of Service-Level Earthquake (SLE) shaking to evaluate building response to frequent earthquakes coupled with a specific collapse-resistance evaluation for Maximum Considered Earthquake (MCER) shaking, use of nonlinear dynamic analysis; explicit evaluation of global, system-based performance criteria in addition to individual element or member-based criteria; introduction of the concept of critical and non-critical elements; and explicit evaluation of cladding adequacy for MCER demands.  Read More >

Signs of Past California 'Mega-quakes' Show Danger of The Big One on San Andreas Fault
As Interstate 10 snakes through the mountains and toward the golf courses, housing tracts and resorts of the Coachella Valley, it crosses the dusty slopes of the San Gorgonio Pass.

The pass is best known for the spinning wind turbines that line it. But for geologists, the narrow desert canyon is something of a canary in the coal mine for what they expect will be a
major earthquake  coming from the San Andreas Fault.

The pass sits at a key geological point, separating the low desert from the Inland Empire, and, beyond that, the Los Angeles Basin.

Through it runs an essential aqueduct that feeds Southern California water from the Colorado River as well as vital transportation links. It's also the path for crucial power transmission lines.  Read More >
Partner Profiles 
Partner Profile -
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

An interview with Mike Mahoney, 
Senior Geophysicist, FEMA

FLASH: How did you get interested in research/disaster safety/response and recovery/resilience?
Mike: My first interest in disasters came about when my grandmother's home went through the Xenia, Ohio tornado of April 1974.  Fortunately she was not home when this F-5 tornado ripped through town and destroyed half of her house.  I was in college at the time but was able to come back several weeks later.  I will never forget seeing her kitchen window blown out but the dishes on either side of the window were unbroken.  I still have a brass candlestick that was bent over 90 degrees in the tornado that cannot be straightened.
I was always interested in how structures were built, and even worked for a homebuilder during college.  My first job after I graduated with my master's degree in physics was with what is now FM Global, in their engineering group that inspects industrial and commercial facilities and makes recommendations to reduce future losses to their insurance companies.  In six years I inspected over 1,000 facilities and learned a lot about how buildings and companies work.  In 1984, that experience led me to work for FEMA.  Read More >
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