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Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 3:52 PM
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Subject: FW: Workshop on Seismic Safety of Existing Buildings

Workshop on Seismic Safety of Existing Buildings: Using Federal Emergency 
Management Agency/National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program Handbooks in 
Local Programs

Diana Todd
Consulting Structural Engineer, Silver Spring, Maryland

Two Identical Workshops:

Thursday, November 18, 1999 in Reno
(6100 Neil Road, Sierra Pacific Power Company's Auditorium)
Saturday, November 20, 1999 in Las Vegas
(500 S. Grand Central Parkway, ODC Room 3, Clark County Facility)

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Abstract: People in newly constructed buildings which have been built to 
meet the requirements of up-to-date building codes can reasonably expect 
that the building will not kill them if an earthquake occurs.  But what 
about the occupants of buildings that were built before modern building 
codes were developed and enforced?  Will they survive an earthquake?  Some 
of these so-called "existing buildings" pose a great threat; others have 
more than enough strength and toughness to survive an earthquake.  Existing 
buildings make up the vast majority of the buildings in our country.  How 
can city and state emergency planners determine the magnitude of the 
problem in their jurisdictions?  How can engineers, architects, and 
building officials differentiate between hazardous buildings and safe ones? 
 What type of upgrades are needed to make unsafe buildings safe?  How much 
would an upgrading program cost?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a series of 
handbooks, guidelines, and reports, popularly known as the "yellow books" 
that provide the engineering and planning tools needed to answer these and 
other questions.  Diana Todd, a structural engineer who participated in the 
development of many of these works, including the seismic evaluation 
handbook (FEMA 178/310), the rehabilitation guidelines (FEMA 273), and the 
report on typical costs (FEMA 156), will describe a half-dozen of the FEMA 
manuals, and give ideas on how they can be used in state, local, or 
regional programs.

In addition to Diana Todd's workshop, there will be a HAZUS demonstration 
by a FEMA representative. HAZUS is a geographic information system-based 
model used to estimate losses from future earthquakes.

Sponsored by the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council, FEMA, Nevada Bureau of 
Mines and Geology, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, Sierra Pacific Power 
Company, and Clark County.

The first 50 people registered have priority in receiving the workbooks.

In order to attend, everyone must register.  To register, please contact 
Terri Garside by e-mail (tgarside(--nospam--at); phone (775/784-6691 ext. 126); 
or fax (775/784-1709).

Western States Seismic Policy Council
121 Second Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
415.974.6435 * fax 415.974.1747