FEMA P-154 & ATC-20 Training - October 7, 2016 | Memphis, TN Print E-mail

The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and our sponsoring partners are pleased to invite you to attend a FREE training on the basic principles of rapid visual screening of buildings for potential earthquake hazards, and post-earthquake safety evaluations of buildings.  This training will will provide participants information and material needed to comprehend –

Structural Basics and Building Behavior/Earthquake Performance

Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (FEMA P-154)

Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations (ATC-20)



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Who Should Attend
Building officials, engineers, architects, building owners, facility managers, emergency managers, risk analysts, and other interested citizens and volunteers. 

Registration Fee
Free, there is no charge for this workshop.  The course is being provided by grants and sponsorships from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP).  Space for this workshop is limited, registrations will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis.  Please pre-register for this course by September 30, 2016.

Continuing Education & Materials
Certificates of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the training.

Course materials will be provided.

Date & Time
October 7, 2016
8:00AM - 5:00PM  (Registration begins at 7:30AM)

MLGW Joyce M. Blackmon Training Center
4949 Raleigh LaGrange
Memphis, Tennessee 38128
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For More Information
Brian Blake
Phone: (901) 544-3570
Email:  bblake(a)cusec.org



This training is being presented by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW), and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).

About FEMA P-154:  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.  Training will cover methods to rapidly identify, inventory, and screen buildings according to their expected safety and usability during and after earthquakes. Local officials can use these data to plan and prioritize further engineering and vulnerability analysis, emergency-response needs, and mitigation projects. This training is based on the third edition of FEMA P-154, which was published by FEMA in 2015.

About ATC-20:  Following an earthquake or a catastrophic disaster, there is an immediate need for damaged building inspections. Citizens must be kept from using unsafe buildings. This training provides instruction on rapid and detailed evaluation procedures for evaluating earthquake-damaged buildings and posting them as INSPECTED (apparently safe, green placard), LIMITED ENTRY (yellow placard), or UNSAFE (red placard).  The training demonstrates how to evaluate building damage conditions, assess the overall risk from the damage, and recommend which of the three placards should be posted on the building.  These evaluations and placards can be used in planning and executing evacuation, re-entry, and rebuilding strategies.