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FEMA P-154 (potential seismic hazards) and ATC-20 (post-disaster screening)

May 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


**Rescheduled from March 27 to May 1**

Training description:
Training on the third edition of FEMA P-154, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards, provides instruction on how to identify potentially hazardous buildings before earthquakes occur. The training covers methods and processes that enable personnel to rapidly identify, inventory, and screen local 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 the document published by FEMA in January 2015. Although some of the material remain unchanged from the Second Edition FEMA P-154 (published in 2002), the Third Edition provides major enhancements. Training on the ATC-20, Procedures for Post Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, 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 provides examples which allow attendees 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.

Target audience:
The target audience for these trainings includes building officials, engineers, architects, building owners, emergency managers, risk analysts, and other interested citizens and volunteers.

To register for these trainings, please follow this link.

For questions or additional information, please contact the course manager, Chalice Dew-Johnson at (360) 676-6681 or



May 1, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center
3888 Sound Way
Bellingham, WA 98226 United States
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