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Recommendations of the Lifeline Policymakers Workshop.

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Mohraz, B.; Chung, R. M.

NISTIR 6085; 42 p. October 1997.

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB98-110273


lifelines; building technology; earthquakes; earthquake engineering; mitigation; seismic design; seismic guidelines


In 1995 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) prepared a "Plan for Developing and Adopting Seismic Design Guidelines and Standards for Lifelines," FEMA 271, which was submitted to Congress in September 1995. FEMA 271, prepared in response to the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Reauthorization Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-614), is based on input from experts in private and public sectors who participated in a workshop head in 1991 in Denver, Colorado. It recommends the development and implementation of design guidelines and standards to reduce the vulnerability of lifelines to earthquakes. In December 1995, the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC), through its Subcommittee 2 on Lifelines, suggested that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), with support from NIST, organize a Lifeline Policymakers Workshop. This workshop, head in January 1997 in Washington, DC, brought together leaders in policy making positions from private and federal sectors to assess FEMA 271 and recommended how it could best implemented. The workshop participants strongly endorsed the need for developing and adopting seismic design guidelines for lifelines. They agreed in principle with FEMA 271.