Policy Statements

EERI has developed a set of Policy Statements that can be used by EERI members to promote and encourage action by policy makers to reduce earthquake risk. Each statement has a succinct 1 page document summarizing EERI's position, and a companion 3 page white paper with more details and background information.

 Statement Title Position Approval Date
Promote Safe and Resilient Housing in the United States Actions are needed to increase the safety and habitability of housing after earthquakes, recognizing that housing is architecturally diverse and serves a variety of household sizes and incomes.  Residents should be able to “shelter-in-place,” which is the ability of a resident to shelter in their home after an earthquake. This objective would be achieved if the housing is safe and habitable after the event during the repair phase to restore normal functionality. December 10, 2019
Promoting the Use of Confined Masonry Construction EERI supports federal, state, and local adoption, enforcement, and funding of modern, effective building codes with provisions for earthquake design for new and existing buildings in the United States. While the focus of this paper is on United States conditions and recommendations, EERI supports action worldwide.   December 10, 2019
 Implementing an Effective Earthquake Early Warning System  A comprehensive Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system should be developed and deployed in areas of high earthquake risk in the United States. EEW can save lives and reduce property damage but requires an urgent, substantial and long-term commitment and investment in the scientific basis, physical infrastructure, information technology, delivery systems and user training to support its widest possible beneficial and equitable use. December 7, 2018 
Promoting the Use of Confined Masonry Construction  International building code writing bodies, academic institutions, and international aid agencies should promote the use of confined masonry as an affordable, earthquake-resistant construction choice for emerging economies in seismically active regions around the world.  September 21, 2018
 Schools shall be URM Free by 2033  To keep students safe, school buildings must be “URM free by 2033” in regions with high and moderate earthquake hazard.  June 14, 2016
 Mitigation of Nonstructural Hazards in Schools  Students should be kept safe from injury from falling nonstructural items in school buildings in regions with high and moderate earthquake hazard.  June 14, 2016
 Creating Earthquake Resilient Communities  EERI advocates for all levels of government to develop community-driven earthquake resilience plans and strategies of action that address a community’s building stock and associated social, economic, environmental, and lifeline infrastructure systems and that would lead to more rapid and robust recovery from future earthquakes.  June 14, 2016
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Congress should direct the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) to accomplish the tasks called for in the 2011 National Research Council report on earthquake resilience, the President should request the needed funding, and Congress should provide the subsequent appropriation.  June 14, 2016
Improve Reliability of Lifeline Infrastructure Systems  Programs to improve the reliability and resilience of lifeline infrastructure systems in earthquakes should identify the systems’ vulnerabilities and interdependencies in earthquakes, prioritize mitigation actions, implement system improvements over time, and communicate system vulnerabilities to lifeline customers, other lifeline operators, and affected local, state, and federal governments. June 14, 2016 


The policy statements were developed by members of EERI's Public Policy and Advocacy Committee during a comprehensive year long effort, that included a one-day workshop to consider various policy position statement ideas. The workshop website contains numerous resources from the event and describes the process used to review and adopt position statements. The statements do not cover every important topic for EERI, but the topics were selected based jointly on committee member interest and willingness to write them, as well as their success at achieving consensus amongst the committee members.

The Committee plans to develop additional statements in the future to address other important issues related to earthquake risk reduction, and welcomes member suggestions and participation in the process.

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