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Circular 1242

Prepared in Coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology

Prepared in Coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology

This plan was developed with the assistance of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) of Redwood City, California, under USGS cooperative agreement 1434-WR-97-AG-00015, ATC-35. Input for the plan was solicited at a workshop that was co-sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Applied Technology Council of Redwood City, CA Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

The Plan to Coordinate NEHRP Post-Earthquake Investigations


Thomas L. Holzer, U.S. Geological Survey, Chairperson, Roger D. Borcherdt, U.S. Geological Survey, Craig D. Comartin, Comartin-Reis, Robert D. Hanson, University of Michigan, Charles R. Scawthorn, ABS Consulting (formerly EQE International), Kathleen Tierney, University of Delaware, T. Leslie Youd, Brigham Young University

Oversight Committee

Daniel Abrams, Mid-America Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Jonathan Bray, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
James Davis, Association of American State Geologists
Richard Eisner, California Office of Emergency Services
Willliam Elliott, American Society of Civil Engineers, Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering
Richard Fragaszy, National Science Foundation, Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems, Arlington
Edward Fratto, Northeast States Emergency Consortium
Robert Hendershot, Structural Engineers Association of California
Leigh House, National Science Foundation, Division of Earth Sciences
Thomas Jordan, Southern California Earthquake Center
George Lee, Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
Jill McCarthy, U.S. Geological Survey
Rawn Nelson, National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
Timothy Sheckler, Federal Emergency Management Agency
S. Shyam Sunder, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Susan K. Tubbesing, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Frank Vernon, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
James Wilkinson, Jr., Central United States Earthquake Consortium
Phillip Yen, Federal Highway Administration

Thumbnail of and link to report PDF (1.6 MB)Executive Summary

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 fi eld studies in a coordinated manner. It deals with identifi cation, collection, processing, documentation, archiving, and dissemination of the results of post-earthquake work in a timely manner and easily accessible format.

First posted April 6, 2003

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Suggested citation:

Holzer, Thomas L.; Borcherdt, Roger D.; Comartin, Craig D.; Hanson, Robert D.; Scawthorn, Charles R.; Tierney, Kathleen; Youd, T. Leslie, 2003, The plan to coordinate NEHRP post-earthquake investigations: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1242, 27 pp.,



Executive Summary



NEHRP Post-Earthquake Coordination Plan

Recommendations for Further Action

Annual Review of Plan


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