Do you have a simple guide to allow a lay-person to assess whether a building affected by earthquake is safe to re-occupy?
There is not a simple guide as this is a difficult and technical subject. The NSET website at https://nset.org.np (National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal) does give some useful information and guidelines but these should be applied only by technically skilled people. Some basic principles apply but they are dependent on the form of construction. Some training like a FEMA course is needed. Qualified personnel are being deployed to Nepal but I appreciate that with the scale of the event you may not be able to access them immediately.
RedR is endeavouring to provide a network of skilled resource to the response. Please do post specific questions to us here on KnowledgePoint with photographs if possible and we will hope to give some guidance through our RedR Experts network.
In response to another query we had some perhaps useful contacts, I have copied some below but please review our other related query and please ask us regarding specific situations, we are here to help as best we can, I am sorry we cannot offer more at this time, and of course GOOD LUCK! Pauline
There appears to be a Logistics Cluster in operation in Kathmandu, website https://www.logcluster.org/ops/nepal - key people and contacts are:
Baptiste Burgaud Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Logistics Cluster Coordinator)
Edmondo Perrone (Logistics Officer) Email: email@example.com Phone: +977 9860982044
To request logistics information, please contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chiara Argenti (Information Management Officer) Email: email@example.com Phone: +977 9860982045
For service requests, please contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I know Emergency Architects (https://www.archi-urgent.com/index.php...) ho do excellent work in assessing buildings to allow (or not) the safe return of occupants.
I can't put you in touch with any engineers, but for reconstruction, are you aware of Nepal National Building Code 203: 1994 Guidelines For Earthquake Resistant Building Construction: Low Strength Masonry (www.dudbc.gov.np/uploads/default/file...) and Earthquake Resistant Construction in Jammu & Kashmir (www.ndmindia.nic.in/EQProjects/kashmi...) ?
Dear all (and in particular Chris Nixon, because I would be interested in your view)
If there were specific buildings, could a limited assessment be made from photographs?
I know an experienced seismic engineer in Dhaka (just an hours flight away) who did the seismic retrofit for the French School in Dhaka if you want a more local contact.
My offer of inspection is genuine. My company could cover all costs.
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