What is the clearest indication that your community is seismically safe?

The clearest indication that a community is seismically safe is the adoption of a recent version of one of the model building codes, including its seismic provisions.

The adoption of seismic provisions within community building codes is a critical component of the broader emergency management strategy, particularly within the Incident Command System (ICS). This system, which is designed to offer a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response, benefits significantly from the enhanced resilience of seismically safe buildings. For instance, emergency operations centers, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure built to these standards are more likely to remain operational in the aftermath of an earthquake, ensuring that essential services can continue without interruption.