It’s Mitigation June!

Mitigation June is a great opportunity to learn about local risks and take steps to reduce the impact of natural hazards.

We can’t predict or avoid earthquakes, but we can lessen their effects and reduce human and financial consequences by investing now in mitigation. Individuals can take a lot of actions to prepare themselves and their homes. Communities can be made safer, more economically resilient, and sustainable when everyone—residents, building professionals, engineers, community planners, and elected officials—understands the local risks and works together on mitigation.

Throughout June, FEMA Region 10 is highlighting a wide variety of ideas, resources, and tools that can help people assess and mitigate risks to achieve greater resilience before the next natural disaster strikes.

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Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy

The Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy was just released!

Hats off to Utah Division of Emergency Management, Utah Seismic Safety Commission, the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program and FEMA for producing this valuable resource to help earthquake-prone communities tackle the problem of unreinforced masonry buildings.

The strategy leverages resources and case studies from Utah and other seismically vulnerable areas. Building upon past and current earthquake mitigation successes, this report was developed to be actionable by recommending best practices in identifying unreinforced masonry buildings, designing retrofits and developing and implementing locally appropriate risk reduction programs.

The interagency National Mitigation Investment Strategy group, led by FEMA, selected the Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy as a pilot project for a national effort to reduce seismic risk damage and find solutions to address it. The collaborative approach in this strategy resource is intended to support and guide the development of unreinforced masonry risk reduction programs across the United States. The strategy is written to provide state and local policymakers with a list of actions to take as soon as possible.