A New FEMA Publication Focuses on Seismic Building Codes

This spring, FEMA released A Step Forward: Recommendations for Improving Seismic Code Development, Content, and Education (P-2191). The project task group that produced it was charged with studying ways to improve the seismic code development process in order to better serve the engineering community. The group focused on three topic areas: improving the standard and code development process, making the standards and codes easier to use, and improved communication with the engineering community and the public.

This publication can be downloaded from FEMA’s website.

Visit FEMA’s Building Science Resource Library to find more hazard-specific guidance publications.


FEMA is offering an Alerts and Warnings Technical Assistance Series for US public sector emergency management personnel

Pre-Workshop Webinar: May 24, noon-1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Workshop: June 7 and 8, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Purpose: To help jurisdictions implement more effective notifications to the public by improving the speed, reach, and effectiveness of Alerts-and-Warnings messages.

Who can attend: The workshop is for public sector employees with a role in communicating protective action guidance to the public immediately preceding and during an event. This may include public sector emergency managers, public information officers, social media communicators, and public outreach coordinators.

Presented by: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Integration Center (NIC)

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