October 21, 2017

Executive Order: Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard

On February 2, 2016, President Barack Obama committed to increase the nation’s resilience to earthquakes with an Executive Order that establishes a federal earthquake risk management standard.

The president signed the Executive Order as a result of a 2015 scientific assessment from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The survey shows that more than 143 million Americans in the continental U.S. could experience damaging earthquakes. This estimated number is nearly double the previous 2006 estimate because population has grown in earthquake-prone areas. The purpose of the Executive Order is to:

  • improve warning systems,
  • help with better building protections,
  • keep citizens informed to help them to mitigate their losses, injuries and deaths, and to
  • help communities recover faster.

For more information, or to read the Executive Order, see Executive Order: Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard at http://www.whitehouse.gov.