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Earthquake resilience Executive Order signed in the US

President Obama has signed a new Executive Order with the title ‘Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard’. This aims to improve the capability of federal buildings to function after an earthquake , ‘reducing risks to people, lowering post-quake recovery costs, and making it easier for communities to recover swiftly’.

The Executive Order requires that Federal agencies responsible for the design and construction of a new building, or an alteration to an existing building, ensure that the building is constructed or altered using the earthquake-resistant design provisions in the most current building codes.

The Executive Order will also help ensure that federal assets are available to support recovery efforts.

Read the text of the Executive Order

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