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NETAP Training Course Descriptions, Contacts and Associated Materials

Only states and territories designated by FEMA as having high or very high earthquake risk are eligible for National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program trainings.

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NETAP Training Courses

Applicants are required to complete the NETAP Training Request Form, identifying the specific trainings requested, preferred training dates, training location, anticipated number of participants, and the primary point(s) of contact. Learn how to request a training course.

*Only available in conjunction with FEMA P-154 or FEMA P-2055.

In this training, participants learn how to evaluate the safety of buildings following earthquakes.  Trainees learn how to perform seismic inspections and safety evaluations of buildings, and to post appropriate safety-status placards.  These evaluations and placards can be used in planning and executing evacuation, re-entry, and rebuilding strategies.  Under NETAP, ATC-20 training can only be obtained if conducted in conjunction with FEMA P-154 or FEMA P-2055.

Duration: 4 hours in person | 4 hours online

Building codes are regulations governing design, construction, alteration, and maintenance of structures. They are the foundation for community resilience.  This training provides an overview of the building code pertaining to earthquake effects on buildings and underline the importance of code adoption and enforcement.  This training also highlights why this information is important to emergency managers, decision makers, and the general public.

Duration: 2 hours in person | 2 hours online

This training, intended for facility managers, K-12 school administrators, and teachers, teaches participants about the most common earthquake hazards in K-12 schools and empowers them to mitigate these issues.

The objectives of the training are to:

  1. Understand what nonstructural components are and why they matter in earthquakes;
  2. Learn how to recognize and identify common nonstructural hazards in K-12 schools; and
  3. Review strategies for mitigating common hazards, including understanding when an engineer/technical consultant should be engaged.

Duration: 3 hours in person | 3 hours online

The training presents seismic design and construction guidance for one- and two-family light-frame residential structures, including information that supplements the 2003 edition of the International Residential Code. The FEMA 232 report may be used by homebuilders and other non-engineers.

Duration: 6 hours in person | 4 hours online

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The training is for school officials, teachers, facility managers, and other stakeholders interested in reducing earthquake risks in local schools.  Numerous school buildings located in multiple states and U.S. territories are vulnerable to earthquake damage that threatens safety and continued operations.  In this training, participants learn how to: (1) assess and analyze seismic risks; (2) develop actionable plans for reducing and managing these risks; (3) secure nonstructural elements of school facilities; and (4) use “incremental seismic rehabilitation” as an affordable approach for protecting existing buildings and ensuring occupant safety.

Duration: 3 hours in person | 3 hours online

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The training describes the sources of nonstructural earthquake damage and effective methods of reducing such damage.  Nonstructural failures have accounted for the majority of damage in recent U.S. earthquakes.  It is critical to raise awareness of potential nonstructural hazards, the costly consequences of nonstructural failures, and the opportunities that exist to limit future losses. Nonstructural components of buildings include all elements that are not part of the structural system; that is, the architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as furniture, fixtures, equipment, and other contents.

Duration: 6 hours in person | 4 hours online

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This training provides guidance on school operations (i.e., what to do before, during, and after an event) and on the physical protection of school facilities (i.e., what can be done to the structure and facility to improve safety).  The training also includes some discussion of the FEMA P-1000 supplements, which provide guidance specific to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis.

Duration: 2 hours in person | 2 hours online

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In this training, participants learn how to identify potentially hazardous buildings before earthquakes occur, according to the methodology set forth in FEMA P-154, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards.  The training covers methods and processes that enable personnel to rapidly screen buildings for 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.  The Third Edition of the document was completed in January 2015 and includes an additional level of screening form, as well as many other enhancements.

Duration: 4 hours in person | 4 hours online

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This training provides an overview of an evaluation methodology, suitable for use by structural and civil engineers, that can be used to identify and prioritize the most seismically hazardous non-ductile concrete buildings in an inventory of buildings. The method is easier and less expensive to apply than other available evaluation and retrofit methodologies, such the detailed analysis procedures of ASCE/SEI 41-17, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings. 

A wide variety of concrete buildings exist in regions of significant seismicity in the United States, and many were constructed prior to the enactment of modern seismic provisions in building codes. Known as non-ductile concrete buildings, these buildings were constructed prior to the late-1970s, and include archaic construction dating back to the early 1900s.

Problematic issues include inadequate steel reinforcing details, system irregularities, and element discontinuities that can result in sudden failure and loss of vertical load-carrying ability. Large earthquakes have demonstrated the seismic vulnerability of these older, concrete buildings, but not all such buildings are at risk of global collapse.

Duration: 6 hours in person | 4 hours online

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This training provides an overview of existing procedures for post-disaster building safety evaluations and issues related to structural safety and habitability. Guidance is also presented on planning, managing, and implementing safety evaluation programs before and after a disaster incident.

In late 2018, Congress directed FEMA to develop and publish guidance, including best practices, for the post-disaster safety assessment of buildings by licensed architects and engineers to ensure that design professionals properly analyze the structural integrity and livability of buildings and structures following disasters.

The final report, FEMA P-2055, covers current state of practice, including recommendations related to structural safety and habitability. This report serves as a comprehensive review of all facets of post-disaster safety evaluations, covering deployment management, secondary hazard events, requirements for health of occupants, and discussions on interim postdisaster use of buildings.

Duration: 4 hours in person | 4 hours online

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The training provides instruction on inspection procedures and use of a four-page Simplified Seismic Assessment Form to evaluate detached single-family wood-frame dwellings and to assign to each a seismic performance grade.  The procedure takes into consideration the potential for damage or collapse in a manner that is consistent and useful to owners, purchasers, insurers, lenders, contractors, design professionals, and regulatory officials.  The training on FEMA P-50-1, Seismic Retrofit Guidelines for Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings, provides specific guidance for retrofitting a dwelling’s seismic deficiencies, as identified using the FEMA P-50 procedure.

Duration: 6 hours in person | 4 hours online

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The training has been designed to encourage design and construction practices that address earthquake hazard and minimize the resulting risk to life and property.  Understanding the basis for the seismic regulations in the nation’s building codes and standards is important to those outside the earthquake science and engineering community, including elected officials, decision makers in the insurance and financial communities, individual building or business owners, and other concerned citizens.  The intent of this training is to provide interested individuals with an easily understandable explanation of the intent and requirements of seismic design in general and the NEHRP Provisions in particular.

Duration: 6 hours in person | 4 hours online

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The training introduces participants to earthquake hazards in healthcare settings and methods that can be used to analyze and reduce risks of damage in hospitals and other medical buildings.  Such facilities have unique nonstructural components, including equipment and infrastructure systems that can become sources of injury or damage even during smaller earthquakes.  By implementing sound, cost-effective mitigation measures, healthcare facilities can reduce seismic risks and ensure that, in the event of an earthquake, they can remain in operation to serve their communities.

Duration: 7 hours in person | 4 hours online

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The goal of the training is to create a cadre of trainers with the ability to provide citizens with basic knowledge on earthquakes and simple steps toward safety and mitigation in their homes and businesses with the goal to reduce the loss of life and property from an earthquake.  This training includes a demonstration how to mitigate the seismic risk of a component, such as a water heater.

Duration: 3 hours in person | N/A online

Recent earthquakes have resulted in poor performance of manufactured homes, indicating that there is much room for improvement. The purpose of this training is to:

  1. Provide an overview of regulations governing design and construction of manufactured homes and home installation;
  2. Review relevant performance issues observed in recent earthquakes; and
  3. Provide available guidance for improved earthquake performance of manufactured homes.

Duration: 1.5 hours in person | 1.5 hours online

*Only available in conjunction with FEMA P-154 in-person training.

In this course, participants learn how to utilize Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk (ROVER). ROVER is open-source software that automates the paper-based screening procedures documented in the Second Edition of FEMA 154, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards, published in 2002.  Building-specific data are entered into ROVER in the field via smartphones or other devices that have GPS capability, and the data are aggregated in a PC-based server.  ROVER includes many productivity-enhancing features, such as automated geolocation, integrated digital photography and sketching capabilities, and automated retrieval of site-specific soil and hazard data from U.S. Geological Survey maps.

Duration: 1 hour in person | N/A online

Last updated August 19, 2021