Chris S. Renschler – Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, University at Buffalo (SUNY)Lucy A. Arendt – Associate Professor, Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Green BayGian-Paolo Cimellaro – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (DISTR), Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)Andrei M. Reinhorn – Clifford C. Furnas Eminent Professor, Dept. of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo (SUNY)Michel Bruneau – Professor, Dept. of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo (SUNY)The authors acknowledges the advice received from representatives active in the specific professional areas (alphabetically): Daniel J. Alesch, David Butry (NIST), Robert Chapman (NIST), Stephanie Chang, Gary Dargush, and Rachel Davidson who contributed to the discussion on the conceptual portion of this study and made valuable suggestions. The authors would also like to acknowledge the assistance of the graduate students Amy Frazier (reporting and graphics) and Misa Yasumiishi (web site administration).