President Barack Obama is ordering all new or renovated federal buildings to be equipped with the latest protections against earthquakes.
Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday creating a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard. The White House says the standard will improve federal buildings’ resilience to earthquakes, making them safer and lowering the costs for recovering from a quake.
Obama’s order says agencies constructing or updating federal buildings must ensure they’re built with earthquake-resistant designs that meet the latest building codes. The White House says following those codes are one of the best ways to save the lives of people living in a building.
The White House says it’s also working to ensure government assets dollars are available for recovery efforts after an earthquake.