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At one time there was a UN program that was called The International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. As I understand it, the IDNDR was replaced by the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction The building codes issue has been discussed.

A particularly interesting publication was the IDNDR "Seismic Vulnerability Reduction" newsletter, no. 12, April 1993.

Harold Sprague

From: "Dave Adams" <davea(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: RE: wind damage evaluation
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 11:22:55 -0700

Speaking of natural disasters in other countries, is anyone aware of any
United Nations programs that specifically deal with the *possibility* of
developing some sort of building standard/details for construction using
native materials and methods to help protect against such high loss of
life in a natural disaster?

I know this is a huge, loaded question that can (probably does) go many
directions with political spins, but I'm ignorant as to whether there is
any genuine effort being expended to offer practical, structural
solutions to help.  I've checked the UN's website, but didn't find
anything specific to structural work.

If anyone has any resources or contact information, I would be
interested in doing some research.

Dave K. Adams, S.E.
Lane Engineers, Inc.
Tulare, CA
E-mail:  davea(--nospam--at)

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael L. Hemstad []
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 9:43 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: wind damage evaluation

Andrew Kester wrote:

"I would like to hear suggestions from those familiar with tilt panels
in = the field, as well as S.O.G. in the field, and how to determine
without = real testing, the structural integrity of these elements."

One small piece of advice, if you don't already do it.  Hose down the
areas in question, then wait for the surfaces to dry.  Any cracking wil
be highlighted by the water sucked into the cracks.

"We are blessed to live in a place where disaster is measured by =
insurance payouts and days without power, not in thousands of lives and
= millions of refugees, like some of our unfortunate friends in other =
countries...." =20 Regards, Andrew Kester, PE

An enlightened observation.  A huge natural disaster in this country may
leave a death toll of 20.  In Iraq or Bangledesh, it may easily be 100
times that many, and no changes are made afterward.  We are indeed
blessed, with the resources and will to allow us to design and build at
such a high level.

If a rational comparison is made between traffic deaths, or
smoking-related deaths (both of which are in a sense voluntarily assumed
risks), and building-related deaths (in which nobody assumes there is
any risk); stricter codes start looking ludicrous.  I heard a lot of
noise post-911 about trying to make buildings airplane-proof, regardless
of the cost.  Let's instead spend our money where it can really save

Mike Hemstad, P.E.
St. Paul, Minnesota

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