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KnowRISK Practical Guide for Mitigation of Seismic Risk Due to Non-structural Components

  • Hugo O’Neill
  • Mónica Amaral Ferreira
  • Carlos Sousa Oliveira
  • Mário Lopes
  • Stefano Solarino
  • Gemma Musacchio
  • Paulo Candeias
  • Marta Vicente
  • Delta Sousa Silva
Conference paper
Part of the Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering book series (GGEE, volume 47)

Abstract

Good performance of non-structural elements can be decisive in saving lives and costs when an earthquake strikes. The European project KnowRISK aims to educate and encourage households to take the necessary precautionary measures to protect people, houses, and contents. Preparedness and prevention act on community resilience. Within the KnowRISK project, the idea of a Practical Guide has been conceived suggesting seismic mitigation solutions for non-structural components to non-experts stakeholders. It is intended to guide people into the first steps of prevention in a straightforward manner, minimizing or avoiding injuries, damage, and long-term financial consequences. The novelty of the Guide belongs to his philosophy: a path through increasing challenges corresponds to a growing level of safety. The idea is that anyone can mitigate seismic risk in its own environment by adopting simple and low cost measures. The Practical Guide may contribute to increase risk awareness. This kind of initiatives if undertaken at larger scales may also enhance social resilience.

Keywords

Non-structural elements Preparedness Community resilience Practical guide 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was financed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (Grant agreement ECHO.A.5 (2015) 3916812) – KnowRISK (Know your city, Reduce seISmic risK through non-structural elements).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo O’Neill
    • 1
  • Mónica Amaral Ferreira
    • 2
  • Carlos Sousa Oliveira
    • 2
  • Mário Lopes
    • 2
  • Stefano Solarino
    • 3
  • Gemma Musacchio
    • 4
  • Paulo Candeias
    • 5
  • Marta Vicente
    • 5
  • Delta Sousa Silva
    • 5
  1. 1.Instituto Superior TécnicoLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior Técnico, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, CERisLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Centro Nazionale TerremotiRomaItaly
  4. 4.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaRomaItaly
  5. 5.Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia CivilLisbonPortugal

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