The plan also describes nine cross-cutting Strategic Priorities that directly support the goals and augment other on-going agency activities needed to satisfy them. These priorities are:

• Fully implement the Advanced National Seismic System.

• Improve techniques for evaluating and rehabilitating existing buildings.

• Further develop Performance-Based Seismic Design.

• Increase consideration of socioeconomic issues related to hazard mitigation implementation.

• Develop a national post-earthquake information management system.

• Develop advanced earthquake risk mitigation technologies and practices.

• Develop guidelines for earthquake-resilient lifeline components and systems.

• Develop and conduct earthquake scenarios for effective earthquake risk reduction and response and recovery planning.

• Facilitate improved earthquake mitigation at state and local levels.

The goals, objectives, and Strategic Priorities are consistent with, and expand upon, the “Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction: Priority Interagency Earthquake Implementation Actions” identified by the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction of the President’s National Science and Technology Council.

The plan provides a straightforward and executable strategy for NEHRP. Successful strategic planning and program accomplishment must be consistent with existing policies, based on realistic assumptions, and responsive to changing conditions. The pace of program accomplishment will depend on the resources that are available to NEHRP agencies during the 2009-2013 plan period, and the plan is intended to guide relevant funding decisions by NEHRP agencies. Following the adoption of the plan, the NEHRP agencies propose to jointly develop a Management Plan to detail Strategic Plan implementation activities that are consistent with agency appropriations and funding priorities.

The costs of earthquake loss reduction and post-earthquake recovery are shared by the public and private sectors. The role of NEHRP is to provide the public and private sectors with the scientific and engineering information, knowledge, and technologies needed to prepare for earthquakes and thus reduce the costs of losses and recovery. NEHRP will continue to develop partnerships with its stakeholder community of earthquake professionals working in academia and in business, government, technical, professional, and codes-and-standards organizations that

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