Written byLuke Fretwell
As Washington, DC recovers from the aftershock of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook much of the East Coast, here’s a primer on the federal government’s role related to seismic preparedness.
In 1977, Congress established the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) to help “reduce the fatalities, injuries, and property losses caused by earthquakes.” The initiative directed four agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to “coordinate their complementary activities to implement and maintain the program.”
Key earthquake information can be found at Ready.gov and the FEMA, USGS and Centers for Disease Control Websites. USGS also provides a seven-step Protecting Your Family From Earthquakes safety guide (embed below).
Remember, prepare, plan and stay informed.
Protecting Your Family From Earthquakes