2.0 magnitude Earthquake was detected yesterday at 06:59 5 miles SSW from Fairfield Bay. Did you feel it? If so log onto the USGS website and report what you felt!
United States Geological Survey (USGS) updated their Earthquake Hazard Maps this week showing that 42 out of 50 states are at risk of an earthquake. Of those 42 states 16 are considered “high risk”. Arkansas is considered to be part of the “high risk” group.
Today also proved to be an important day for AR GEAC as we identified 4 areas of focus to move Arkansas’ program forward. These groups were identified as education, mitigation/engineering, safety and response. If you have questions or concerns which you would like discussed with any of these groups, please contact the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
For a complete list of FEMA’s National Earthquake Hazard Reduction publications and products, please visit www.fema.gov/earthquake-publications
FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s Seven Design and Construction Features Important to Seismic Performance Animation emphasizes the importance of proper construction for seismic performance. The six minute animation video provides state, local and tribal governments, emergency managers, building inspectors, as well as home and business owners, an overview of the importance of understanding seismic risk. Also taught in the animation video is the need for the adoption and implementation of building codes with appropriate seismic design and construction standards.
The FEMA Earthquake School Hazard Hunt Game is presented in the form of an interactive school hazard hunt where students have to identify the hazard and the action needed to mitigate it. The goal is to teach students tips and tricks about how to prepare and mitigate for an earthquake while at school. As a companion piece to the FEMA Earthquake School Hazard Hunt Game, the poster provides visuals and descriptions so that students can identify and learn about at-risk areas of their school to reduce future earthquake damage.
FEMA P-807, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Multi-Unit Wood-Frame Buildings with Weak First Stories (ATC-71-1 Project)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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NETAP. This Webinar is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP), which is a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the public to increase their knowledge and ability to analyze their risk, make a plan, and take actions aimed at reducing their earthquake risk and supporting overall community resilience. NETAP is not a grant or cooperative agreement program, but a contract managed by FEMA to rapidly deploy training and technical assistance to organizations and communities. For more information about NETAP please visit the FEMA website by clicking here.
Purpose. The Purpose of the Webinar is to introduce participants to the FEMA P-807 report, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Multi-Unit Wood-Frame Buildings with Weak First Stories, developed by the Applied Technology Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2011. The report presents guidelines for cost-effective retrofit procedures for a vulnerable class of buildings with a history of poor performance in earthquakes. These buildings have weak ground stories with few walls, required to accommodate parking or commercial uses. The upper structure, with numerous walls, tends to be strong, but brittle. This relative weakness concentrates damage and deformations in the ground story. These structures are prevalent in the seismically active regions of the Pacific Northwest and California. The guidelines have been developed to be easy to use while providing a practicable and cost-effective means to reduce damage and the risk of collapse. While sophisticated and extensive nonlinear response history analyses form the technical basis of the guidelines, the procedure itself is straightforward and prescriptive.
Intended Audience. This Webinar on FEMA P-807 has been designed for building officials, engineers, architects, and others who need information on seismic retrofit of weak-story wood-framed buildings.
Registration Information. The Webinar is free to all who register. To review complete Webinar information, and to register, click here.
2014 ATC Webinar Program. The 2014 ATC Webinar Program is under development. To view upcoming scheduled and tentative Webinars being planned, please click here.