About the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

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National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) LogoThe National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) seeks to mitigate earthquake losses in the United States through both basic and directed research and implementation activities in the fields of earthquake science and engineering.

The NEHRP is the Federal Government's coordinated approach to addressing earthquake risks. Congress established the program in 1977 (Public Law 95-124) as a long-term, nationwide program to reduce the risks to life and property in the United States resulting from earthquakes. The NEHRP is managed as a collaborative effort among FEMA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Geological Survey.

The four goals of the NEHRP are to:

  1. Develop effective practices and policies for earthquake loss-reduction and accelerate their implementation.
  2. Improve techniques to reduce seismic vulnerability of facilities and systems.
  3. Improve seismic hazards identification and risk-assessment methods and their use.
  4. Improve the understanding of earthquakes and their effects.

For more information on the missions, activities, and accomplishments of the NEHRP, download the NEHRP Strategic Plan from the FEMA Library.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 16-Jan-2008 17:19:24 EST

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