Earthquake resilience Executive Order signed in the US
- Published: Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:29
President Obama has signed a new Executive Order with the title ‘Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard’. This aims to improve the capability of federal buildings to function after an earthquake , ‘reducing risks to people, lowering post-quake recovery costs, and making it easier for communities to recover swiftly’.
The Executive Order requires that Federal agencies responsible for the design and construction of a new building, or an alteration to an existing building, ensure that the building is constructed or altered using the earthquake-resistant design provisions in the most current building codes.
The Executive Order will also help ensure that federal assets are available to support recovery efforts.