NEHRP was created as a result of:

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) was created as a result of a direct response to the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977.

NEHRP’s creation marked a significant shift in how the United States approached earthquake preparedness and response. At its core, NEHRP focuses on the integration of research, building practices, and education to enhance seismic safety. The program’s provisions have been instrumental in shaping the seismic design specifications found in the nation’s model building codes, such as the International Building Code (IBC), NFPA 5000 Building Code, and ASCE 7 Design Loads Standard. These codes reflect the advanced understanding of seismic forces and their effects on buildings, developed through the collaborative efforts of engineers, scientists, and tradespeople.

From the perspective of emergency management professionals and urban planners, NEHRP represents a critical framework for enhancing seismic safety and resilience. Its emphasis on the development of seismic regulations for new buildings, education of the public and officials, and the encouragement of research in earthquake hazard mitigation has provided a comprehensive approach to reducing earthquake risks.