The following is a list of organizations, councils, agencies, and other resources to aid in learning more about and better understanding building components and seismic safety.

Building Components and Seismic Safety Resources
International Code Council The International Code Council is the largest and most prestigious credentialing program for construction codes and Standards professionals in the United States.
Federal Emergency Management Agency The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) mission is to support US citizens and first responders to ensure as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
United States Geological Society

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.
National Institute of Standards and Technology The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major handicap to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals.
Earthquake Engineering Institute The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators.
Western States Seismic Policy Council The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) is a regional earthquake consortium in the western states. We develop seismic policies and share information to promote programs intended to reduce earthquake related losses.
Northeast States Emergency Consortium

The Northeast States Emergency Consortium’s mission is to reduce losses of life and property when the next disaster strikes the northeast.
Central United States Earthquake Consortium

The Central United States Earthquake Consortium is a partnership to mitigate disasters and save lives.
Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup is a coalition of private and public representatives working together to improve the ability of Cascadia Region communities, businesses and homeowners to reduce the effects of earthquakes.
National Earthquake Conference The National Earthquake Conference occurs every few years and has been devised to help reduce loss of life, injuries and destruction of property caused by earthquakes.