All Projects

  • Hospital Preparedness and Disaster Training

    India, Global

    A manual and intensive training program for staff to back up utility systems, anchor objects, practice response, and prepare their hospitals to function through disasters.

  • Framed Infill Network


    Global researchers, engineers, architects, builders and officials developed new design guidance to improve seismic behavior of concrete frames with masonry infill walls, a common building type.

  • Implementing Aizawl's Landslide Action Plan


    Local engineers, geologists, and professors learned in intensive field courses how to assess hazard risk, apply safe development regulations and map hazards, and reduce landslide risk.

  • Risk Assessment Tools for Diagnosis of Urban Areas (RADIUS)

    Ecuador, Mexico, Chile

    Earthquake scenarios and action plans provide city-specific objectives for disaster preparedness and mitigation, and were developed with government, science, business and academic sectors.

  • Safety Measures for Landsliding in Kerala


    Investigations of still dangerous slopes in Idukki, where 2018 landslides damaged thousands of homes. Partnered with Kerala University, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), local officials.

  • Review and Field Test of the Global Hospital Safety Index

    Solomon Islands, Nepal

    Technical review and field testing of a World Health Organization (WHO) tool to screen hospitals’ vulnerabilities to multiple hazards as well as their level of emergency and disaster preparedness.

  • Kathmandu Priority Hospitals Seismic Assessment

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Prioritized short and long-term changes to improve post-disaster function of hospitals that provide critical medical services for a large number of people.

  • Tsunami Preparedness Guidebook


    Developed a road map for people who want to organize, educate, and lead local tsunami preparedness campaigns. Includes earth science, social science and emergency planning.

  • Kathmandu Hospital Pre and Post Earthquake Assessments Compared

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Two Kathmandu hospitals had been assessed for disaster preparedness just before the 2015 M7.8 Gorkha earthquake. Pre- and post-earthquake findings are compared.

  • Reducing Extreme Landslide and Seismic Risk in Aizawl

    Aizawl, India

    A detailed scenario process engaged leaders and technical professionals in India’s most populous hill city to understand, assess and mitigate Aizawl’s very high risk of landslides and earthquakes.

  • Infrastructure Knowledge Exchange

    Aizawl, Mizoram and Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Professionals in India and the United States shared best practices on seismic risk management and planning for municipal water utilities, focusing on hill cities with high earthquake hazard.

  • Quito Earthquake Risk Management Plan

    Quito, Ecuador

    Scientists, engineers and planners together developed a likely scenario of earthquake impact to Quito, and based on this local leaders planned programs to mitigate that risk.

  • Global Earthquake Safety Initiative


    Technical information about likely lethality of earthquakes in 21 cities-- including vulnerable aspects of the built environment, schools and hospitals--to help the cities prioritize risk mitigation efforts.

  • Supporting Thimphu’s Path to Safer Buildings


    Using models to identify and quantify building damage from two likely earthquakes affecting the capital city, the scenarios will inform land use planning and building codes to reduce risk.

  • Vertical Evacuation Structures for Tsunamis

    Padang, Indonesia

    Studied the feasibility of vertical evacuation solutions in Padang for safety during tsunamis. This could save lives in coastal cities where high ground does not exist or people do not have time to evacuate.

  • Increasing Resilience to Earthquakes and Landslides in Shaanxi Province


    Created a disaster scenario that vividly depicts likely casualties, damages, and actions to reduce risk. Chinese partners learned to develop this tool for public awareness and risk-informed planning.

  • Hospital Disaster Planning, Preparedness and Training


    Emergency planning and realistic disaster simulations for staff at hospitals in Bhutan, plus mitigations to keep the facilities functioning post disaster.

  • Urban Earthquake Risk Management in Central Asia and Caucasus

    Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

    International technical experts and regional policymakers in central asia developed strategies to manage very high seismic risk in capital cities of five new countries, formerly part of the USSR..

  • Mason Training on Earthquake-Resistant Construction

    Dadeldhura, Nepal

    Mansons trained hands-on to build bearing walls and reinforced concrete frames, applying Nepal’s building code that addresses reinforcement in simpler buildings.

  • Designing a Tsunami Evacuation Park


    Designed an innovative tsunami refuge in walking distance of dense neighborhoods where people do not have easy access to natural high ground. The elevated mound houses a park for daily use.

  • Rapid Diagnostic of School Infrastructure in Haiti


    A series of earthquakes and hurricanes since 2008 have caused significant damage to Haiti’s school infrastructure and completely destroyed numerous schools. This project for the World Bank developed a better picture of the risk factors and challenges across the country. Our team’s findings and recommendations will help the Government of Haiti to prioritize measures for improving school facilities and the safety of students.

  • Timoun an Aksyon (Kids in Action)

    Cap-Haitien, Haiti

    In their own voice and style, youth share new knowledge about extreme earthquake and coastal risks and how to take action for disaster resilience.

  • Family Preparedness for Earthquakes

    Haiti, Dominican Republic

    Promoted preparedness steps specific to where people live, and in plain language explained the science behind local risk. Outreach in Kreyol, French, Spanish, and English.

  • Rapid Diagnostic of School Infrastructure


    Findings about schools' vulnerability to natural hazards, climate change, and infrastructure deficiencies will inform plans to make schools safer and more resilient.

  • School Seismic Vulnerability Assessments

    Amargadhi, Nepal

    Findings indicate the extent of risk to schoolchildren in the typical school building types found in a fast-growing municipality in far west Nepal.

  • Safest Action During an Earthquake

    Global, Haiti

    A person’s immediate action when an earthquake begins makes a difference in safety. This evidence-based guidance emphasizes protective action for the local context.

  • Producing Affordable Earthquake Desks


    Locally made Earthquake Desks are affordable, withstand heavy loads, and provide safer cover in schools that are not yet earthquake resistant.

  • Disaster Scenarios for Risk-Informed Planning

    West Nepal

    Scenarios of a plausible earthquake quantify impacts, including more than 50% of schools damaged, and guide communities to reduce extreme risk before a disaster.

  • School Earthquake and Landslide Vulnerabilities

    Aizawl, India

    A screening study of earthquake vulnerabilities and landslide hazards in Aizawl schools showed widespread risks to students, particularly from landslides and in seismically vulnerable private schools.

  • Students with Visual Impairments Prepare for Disasters


    A disaster preparedness plan and drills tailored for students with visual impairments, so they practice how to respond safely during and after emergencies.

  • Kathmandu Valley Earthquake Risk Management


    One objective was to quantify and plan how to mitigate the high vulnerability of public schools. This led to hands-on training and seismic retrofit of many schools.

  • Bhutan National School Earthquake Safety Day


    An annual learning event and simultaneous national school drill for all schools in Bhutan, which lies in a high seismic zone.

  • National Action Plans for School and Hospital Earthquake Safety

    India, Bhutan

    These consensus-based action plans, which include ways to prepare for and reduce risk in schools and health facilities, were adopted into national policy.

  • Seismic Retrofit of Key Delhi Buildings

    Delhi, India

    Engineers gained on-the-job experience to design and install retrofit solutions for a large school, which cost less than to rebuild and became a model.

  • Delhi Area School Earthquake Preparedness

    Delhi Area, India

    Volunteers from an engineering company’s local office taught students, faculty and parents about disaster risk, preparedness, and how to mitigate specific vulnerabilities in buildings.