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Earthquakes: Opportunities Exist to Further Assess Risk, Build Resilience, and Communicate Research

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National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NIST should, in collaboration with FEMA, NSF, and USGS and in coordination with federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments and stakeholders, conduct a national risk assessment to identify the progress made by communities to strengthen earthquake resilience since 2015, and the gaps in resilience that remain. (Recommendation 1)

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Federal Emergency Management Agency The Administrator of FEMA should develop and implement a plan to increase awareness among tribes about earthquake risk reduction initiatives. (Recommendation 2)

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National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NIST should, in collaboration with FEMA, NSF, and USGS, assess and determine if additional actions are needed to obtain input from state, local, territorial, and tribal governments and stakeholders on research priorities that align with community and stakeholder needs. (Recommendation 3)

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National Science Foundation The Director of NSF should, in collaboration with NIST, develop strategies to better communicate NEHRP’s priorities to research entities. (Recommendation 4)

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National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NEHRP should, in collaboration with FEMA, NIST, NSF, and USGS, follow leading practices to develop performance measures linked to priority research outcomes, and to track and monitor research to ensure research priorities are being met. (Recommendation 5)

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National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NEHRP should, in collaboration with FEMA, NIST, NSF, and USGS, follow leading practices to identify and leverage the program’s resources needed to achieve research priority outcomes. (Recommendation 6)

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National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NIST should, in collaboration with NSF, document and implement a comprehensive plan to better ensure that all state, local, territorial and tribal governments and stakeholders are aware of the mechanisms and practices used by NSF and NIST for disseminating research. (Recommendation 7)

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