supports sustained efforts to improve professional and related
practices in planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance
that will mitigate the effects of natural and man-made hazards. ASCE is
committed to participating in national and international activities
that encourage mitigation of the effects of hazards and provide
improved warning of impending hazards. ASCE will collaborate and
cooperate with government and private agency initiatives and activities
for hazard mitigation, preparedness and disaster recovery. ASCE
supports efforts to ensure that federal, state and local disaster
mitigation funds are non-taxable.
recent study and report by the Multihazard Mitigation Council entitled
â€œNatural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the
Future Savings from Mitigation Activities,â€ has concluded the money
spent on reducing the risk of natural hazards is a sound investment. On
average, a dollar spend by FEMA on hazard mitigation provides the
nation about $4 in future benefits.
encourages comprehensive, realistic, and affordable measures for
reducing the harmful impacts of natural and man-made hazards.
Modest investment in research and development can lead to significant
reduction in lives lost and property damaged during earthquakes,
hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural and man-made hazards.
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) has never
received its full authorized funding. The program will need to be
reauthorized in 2009. The program coordinates earthquake research among
the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Institutes of
Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation and the U.S.
The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program,
authorized since FY 2006, has never received any direct authorizations.
The program expired in 2008, but ASCE will continue efforts to
reauthorize the program in 2009. The program would coordinate wind
hazards research between the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the
National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.