Post-earthquake response

Issues associated with compiling a register of engineers

  • D. R. Brunsdon Spencer Holmes Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand
  • R. B. Shephard Opus International Consultants Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand


The December 1996 issues paper by the Society's Working Party on Integrated Planning for Earthquake Preparedness [1] was widely circulated and received positive feedback from various sectors. As one of a number of follow up activities, the Ministry of Civil Defence asked the Society to investigate and report on the issues associated with establishing a register of engineering resources for post-earthquake response.

The investigation involved looking at aspects such as maintenance of the register, training of those involved and mobilisation and co-ordination mechanisms. This process was enhanced with positive input from other interested parties including the Earthquake Commission, the Insurance Council and the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

The project report as presented to the Ministry of Civil Defence in June 1998 is incorporated in full in this paper.


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Governor's Office of Emergency Services (1992), Post-disaster Safety Assessment Plan, State of California, June.

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How to Cite
Brunsdon, D. R., & Shephard, R. B. (1998). Post-earthquake response. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 31(4), 281-287.