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The California Seismic Safety Commission considered the approach of posting
buildings in a publication titled "The Right to Know". In short, it found
that posting placards may be effective for buildings that have "the
potential for extensive structural and nonstructural damage and present
collapse-hazards or falling-hazards that represent an appreciable and
unacceptably high hazard to human life" and if placards are coupled with
comprehensive risk communication and management efforts. You can obtain the
report via www.seismic.ca.gov though it was written before free downloads.

Along similar lines, the Applied Technology Council developed a rating
system for single family dwellings, ATC 50. However, that report never was
finally published, in part due to tepid support by its funders the City of
Los Angeles, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and the
Federal Emergency Management Agency. Recent efforts to obtain copies of this
report were unsuccessful...


Fred Turner, Staff Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety
Commission, a public policy advisory agency, Turner(--nospam--at)stateseismic.com, 1755
Creekside Oaks Dr. #100 Sacramento, CA 95833 Phone: 916-263-5506 Ext. 227 or
916-263-0582 Fax: 916-263-0594


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