Abstract by Chelsea Samuelson
Adopt-A-Classroom: Mitigating nonstructural hazards in local schools along the Wasatch Front
The next earthquake along the Wasatch Front is estimated to be a shallow, ≥ MW 7.0 earthquake. Ground shaking associate with this level of earthquake will cause many falling objects (nonstructural hazards). Nonstructural hazards account for a significant portion of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes. Ironically, nonstructural hazards are also the simplest to fix before an earthquake occurs. Anyone who has fastened something to a stud in their home has already began fixing the nonstructural hazards in their home. Fixing nonstructural hazards in local schools will help minimize injuries and deaths from the next Wasatch Front earthquake. The Adopt-A-Classroom program is involving BYU students in this important effort.