Local Government Leaders

Our plea to local governments

  • We encourage all local government officials and workers, both elected and hired, to learn about the URM issue in their community.
  • We ask you to revise or remove any “historic district” restrictions or similar laws or ordinances that impede retrofitting or replacing URMs.
  • We encourage passage of strong geologic hazard ordinances in your city or county.
  • We encourage strict enforcement of all building codes.
  • We encourage detailed geotechnical investigations be completed and followed for all public buildings and structures.
  • We encourage you to have all buildings in your jurisdiction evaluated for earthquake safety, and then take action to remediate identified problems.
  • A major earthquake is going to tear down precarious old buildings sooner or later; shouldn’t it happen while no one is inside them?

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