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NCJ Number: 122728 Find in a Library
Title: Nowhere To Run
Journal: American Jails  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1990)  Pages:12-13,15,17-18
Author(s): W H Munyon
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since 45 States are at risk from earthquakes, jail administrators must address the preparation of the physical structure and policies for reactions during and after an earthquake.
Abstract: The jail construction types most vulnerable in major earthquakes are unreinforced masonry, a brittle or nonductile concrete frame, and precast concrete or "tilt-up" buildings. If there is a question about the seismic integrity of an existing jail, an analysis of the building should be conducted by an experienced analyst. This would include the identification and prioritizing of any recommended seismic rehabilitation work. This analysis should be followed by the selection of an architectural/engineering team to rehabilitate the facility. In the case of a new facility, considerations to mitigate the damage from earthquakes should include careful site selection, appropriate design and construction, and the development of a policies-and-procedures manual for a disaster response in the new facility. In any jail facility, safety can be enhanced by keeping emergency supplies on hand; marking utility shutoff points; assigning refuge areas; training staff and inmates in actions to take; and documenting the locations of the nearest fire, police, and emergency medical facilities. This article concludes with an outline of specific actions for staff and inmates to take during and after an earthquake.
Main Term(s): Architectural design
Index Term(s): Disaster procedures; Prison construction
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