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Promoting Seismic Safety:
Guidance for Advocates

by Daniel Alesch, Peter May, Robert Olshansky, William Petak and Kathleen Tierney

This 200-plus page report distills the findings of previous social science and policy research to provide guidance to seismic safety advocates.

It has two parts. Part 1, Guidance for Advocates, is a collection of concise tips for advocates organized into the following topics: successful seismic safety advocacy, earthquake basics, ABCs of seismic building codes, policies and legislation, appearing before committees, informing and persuading, partnerships for seismic safety, working with experts, effective risk communication, and using the media.

Part 2 is a collection of background papers, developed by the project authors, to support and amplify the advice to advocates in the guidance document.

The report is authored by social science and policy researchers at the three earthquake engineering research centers, Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAE), Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research and Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), and was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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