ATC20/FEMA154 - Searcy, AR - October 30, 2009 Print E-mail

FEMA 154 & ATC 20 Course
Searcy, Arkansas - October 30, 2009

Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (RVS) was developed as a pre-disaster procedure that can be implemented relatively quickly and inexpensively within a community to develop a list of potentially hazardous buildings without the high cost of a detailed seismic analysis of individual buildings.  This process is known as RVS or FEMA 154.

Following an earthquake or a catastrophic disaster, there is an immediate need for damaged building inspections. Citizens must be kept from using unsafe buildings. Likewise, safe shelter must be provided for those left homeless. It is essential that qualified inspectors quickly identify safe and unsafe structures. A city’s building inspection staff may become overloaded and need more help.  This process is known as ATC20, or Post Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.

Who Should Attend - Architects, professional engineers, building inspectors or skilled construction industry personnel with at least 5 years of verifiable general building design, construction, or inspection experience that are willing to volunteer as building inspectors after a disaster.

The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its sponsoring partners are pleased to invite you to a FREE, one day training on the basic principles of building evaluations for earthquakes. This training will will provide potential inspectors and new trainers material needed to comprehend –

Earthquake Hazard Overview

Structural Basics

Building Behavior

Rapid Visual Screening

Evaluation of Structures

Data Collection Forms

This training is being sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the Central United States Earthquake Consortium,  Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., ASCE - Arkansas Chapter, Arkansas State University, Arkansas Geological Survey,  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 


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Registration Fee:  Free, there is no charge for this workshop.

Date & Time
October 30, 2009
8:00AM - 5:00PM

Arkansas State University-Searcy
Technology East Bldg, Rm. 124
1800 E. Moore Ave
Searcy, AR 72467
Phone: (501) 207-6249

For More Information
Veronica Villalobos-Pogue
Earthquake Program Manager
Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management
Phone: (501) 683-6700
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Steve Sharp
Principal Engineer
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.
Phone: (501) 570-2467
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Hampton Inn Searcy
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