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FEMA Agency Representative


Michael Mahoney
Senior Geophysicist
Earthquake and Wind Programs Branch
Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security
400 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472
(202) 646-2794

Michael Mahoney is a Senior Geophysicist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a position he has held for over 35 years. He currently leads FEMA’s seismic problem-focused studies and has investigated a variety of earthquake-related issues to develop design and construction guidance under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). His list of projects includes the development of FEMA’s seven volume Performance-Based Seismic Design Guidelines series (FEMA P-58), Vulnerability-Based Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of One and Two Family Dwellings (FEMA P-1100), Example Application Guide for ASCE/SEI 41-13 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings (FEMA P-2006), and Seismic Evaluation of Older Concrete Buildings for Collapse Potential (FEMA P-2018). Mr. Mahoney is also responsible for FEMA’s earthquake-related work with the International Codes and has been involved in the model code development process since 1984. He also serves as the FEMA Headquarters representative to the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, where he led a project to develop Guidelines for Design of Structures for Vertical Evacuation from Tsunamis (FEMA P-646). From 1984 to 1991, he was employed by FEMA’s Office of Loss Reduction where he managed the development of flood resistant design criteria, including the first guideline for flood retrofitting (FEMA 114), and investigated building performance in disasters dating back to Hurricane Hugo. From 1978 to 1984 he was a Senior Loss Prevention Consultant with what is now FM Global. In 2018, he was awarded the Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal and in 2020 he was awarded an honorary membership in the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.

M.S. Physics, Kent State University
B.S. Physics, Grove City College 

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