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Would you volunteer to become involved in the recovery and possible restoring of the structure?
Yes.  I have done this in the past.

Do you have any suggestions concerning the professional community as to responding to a local disaster historic structure recovery?
Yes. First, get the resources together. Books, manuals, contractors, material, etc. Then get the system in place with FEMA, USAR structural specialists, local fire, local contractors, local building departments, etc.

What would you suggest that your local professional engineering and architectural (and contractors) community do to prepare for the possibility of some sort of a historic structure disaster?

There was an excellent reference "Postdisaster Safety Evaluation" ATC 26-2 that was never finished. I believe the project just died just prior to the finish line. It covers every type of disaster including earthquake. Another case study is the Pentagon:
http://www.aesvn.org/resources/Pentagon-Shoring.pdf

There is a lot of good information on the National Park Service and FEMA web sites.

Regards,
Harold Sprague





From: Neil Moore <nma(--nospam--at)omsoft.com>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>, <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: Local disaster recover questions
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:24:47 -0700

The following possible conditions:

1. An incident (say small disaster) to a local historic structure, that is, a building or a bridge.

2. Your area has a fire department and they will probably respond concerning life safety issues.

3. The historic structure may or may not have some sort of organization that maintains the structure, but probably has little funds.

The question:

Would you volunteer to become involved in the recovery and possible restoring of the structure?

Do you have any suggestions concerning the professional community as to responding to a local disaster historic structure recovery?

What would you suggest that your local professional engineering and architectural (and contractors) community do to prepare for the possibility of some sort of a historic structure disaster?

We could categorize the "disaster" as possibly just closing the structure down to a complete collapse.

Thank you.

Neil Moore, SE, SECB
neil moore and associates
consulting strucural engineers
shingle springs, california


distressed structures investigations

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