Seismic hazard design issues in the central United States by Beavers, James E.; Uddin, Nasim

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At the national level, the PTA structure is highly decentralized, with few systematic means to share initiatives among states. Finally, implementation challenges may be encountered at the state, district, or even individual school level. California, where a commitment to school seismic safety has been institutionalized for 80 years, still receives criticism for inadequate implementation and oversight of its programs for schools at risk (California Watch, 2011). Oregon has enacted strong policies but has lacked the political will to implement them and to commit funds at the scale needed.

The second-largest of South Carolina’s 85 school districts, Charleston County’s inventory of schools probably reflects structural types and building ages found in many of the state’s other cities and towns, but there is no indication that Charleston’s historic earthquake or the “Relocate, Rebuild, Return” project the district initiated amid controversy in 2010 has triggered broader statewide concern about the vulnerability of school facilities. URM schools and other non-ductile structures probably account for a significant proportion of the state’s 1,123 public schools, and a considerable share of the state’s K-12 enrollment of roughly 700,000 students may be at risk.

2009). The City of Memphis has been a focus of special concern in the NMSZ, due to the city’s location, population, and large numbers of non-ductile and unreinforced masonry buildings. Memphis City Schools, Tennessee’s largest urban district with over 200 K-12 schools and enrollment of over 113,000 students (now in the process of merging with the Shelby County School District), has long alarmed geologists and engineers because of its large inventory of URM school buildings. ” Their survey of 542 Memphis City School buildings identified some 286 URM structures, over half the district’s inventory.

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