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National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program

Program Manager Resource Guide

Background & Authorities

About NETAP Trainings

How to Request

Courses

Regional Training Contacts

The National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) is designed to help state, local, territorial and tribal governments obtain the knowledge, tools and support that they need to plan and implement effective earthquake mitigation strategies. The program provides instructor-led training courses.

A Special Message Related to COVID-19 and Social Distancing

FEMA’s National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) must unfortunately cancel all public “in-person” NETAP training events for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020.

This decision was not made lightly; it was made in recognition of the various responsibilities that our program staff may have resulting from COVID-19 measures taken at the National, State, and local levels, and in the interest of the well-being of all program participants. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

As an alternative, FEMA will offer web-based virtual training sessions for those States and Territories that had previously approved in-person training. To schedule or reschedule your previously approved in-person training, please contact the FEMA NETAP Administrator Chiara McKenney. We’re looking forward to October 2020 and once again offering in-person training for all States and Territories participating in the program. 

NETAP Resource Guide For Earthquake Program Managers

FEMA developed the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) as a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the public to increase their knowledge and ability to analyze their risk, make a plan and take actions aimed at reducing their earthquake risk and supporting overall community resilience. NETAP is not a grant or cooperative agreement program but a contract managed by FEMA to rapidly deploy training to organizations and communities. The NETAP Resource Guide for Earthquake Program Managers provides information on how states and territories can request NETAP assistance.

Background And Authorities

In accordance with the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 (Public Law 95–124), as amended in 2004 (Public Law 108-360) and as required by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–307), it is FEMA’s responsibility to support “the implementation of a comprehensive earthquake education and public awareness program, including development of materials and their wide dissemination to all appropriate audiences and support public access to locality-specific information that may assist the public in preparing for, mitigating against, responding to and recovering from earthquakes and related disasters.” FEMA developed the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) as a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the public to increase their ability to analyze risks, make plans and take actions aimed at reducing seismic risks and supporting overall community resilience. The program is one element of FEMA’s ongoing participation in NEHRP

What are NETAP Trainings?

FEMA provides in-person trainings and associated materials on topics related to earthquake risk reduction. The trainings, which span from a few hours to two days in duration, are intended for a wide variety of participants with diverse professional backgrounds.

FEMA's National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) pays for the salary and travel expenses of an approved instructor and for any educational materials used by the training participants and instructor. The state, territorial, or local government requesting the training, in cooperation with any partnering organizations, is responsible for local logistical requirements (e.g., meeting space, audio/visual equipment, refreshments, recruitment and registration of students).

How To Request NETAP Training

  1. Identify Need and Request Training
    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.
  2. Request Sent to NETAP Contractor
    The State/Territory Earthquake Program Manager forwards the request to the appropriate FEMA Regional Earthquake Program Manager, who after review submits it to the NETAP Contractor (the Applied Technology Council, ATC) to evaluate the request.
  3. Review and Coordinate
    The NETAP Contractor, in collaboration with the FEMA NETAP Manager and the FEMA Regional Earthquake Program Manager, reviews the training request. Further discussion may be needed with the requestor to clarify anything that is unclear or to provide guidance on technical information about the available trainings.
  4. Qualified Training Approved
    Based on the review and coordination process, a final decision is made by the FEMA NETAP Manager based on program funding and priorities, target outcomes and benefits of the request, and other relevant factors, such as local earthquake risk, capacity of the requesting organization to execute the proposal in partnership with FEMA, and how well the assistance aligns with local hazard mitigation plans.
  5. Training Delivery
    If approved, the NETAP Contractor deploys approved contract resources, in collaboration with the FEMA Regional and State/Territory Earthquake Program Managers (and the requesting organization, if it is not the state/territory).
  6. Performance Reporting
    Immediately after the NETAP training, the FEMA Regional or State/Territory Earthquake Program Manager (or other requesting organization) submits a written report on progress or final accomplishments. The contracted instructor collects completed evaluation forms from participants.
  7. Certificate of Participation
    Upon request, the primary point(s) of contact, or the FEMA Regional or State/Territory Earthquake Program Manager, may request Certificates of Participation for training participants. The primary point(s) of contact must provide a database of participants in Microsoft Word or Excel format to the NETAP Contractor.

Training Courses

NETAP provides in-person trainings and associated materials on topics related to earthquake risk reduction. The trainings, which span from a few hours to two days in duration, are intended for a wide variety of participants with diverse professional backgrounds.

View the Training Courses

Regional Training Contacts

When trainings are scheduled, the details, including venue location and exact date, will be decided in conjunction with the organization requesting the training course.

Region 1
Jeff Tedesco (MA) | 508-820-1466 | jeff.tedesco@mass.gov

Region 2
Sarimar Hiraldo (PR) | 787-724-0124 ext. 20055 | shiraldo@prema.pr.gov
Denise E. H. Lewis (USVI) | 340-713-6805 | denise.lewis@vitema.vi.gov

Region 3
Robbie Coates (VA) | robert.coates@vdem.virginia.gov

Region 4
Greg Shanks (KY) | 502-229-3307 | greg.shanks.nfg@mail.mil
Kevin Kalbaugh (NC) | 919-825-2290 | kevin.kalbaugh@ncdps.gov
Jasmine Johnson-Divinity (MS) | 601-850-8566 | jdivinity@mema.ms.gov

Region 5
Scott Gauvin (IL) | 217-557-4893 | scott.gauvin.illinois.gov
Allison Curry (IN) | 317-605-2996 | acurry@dhs.in.gov

Region 6
Hilda Booth (AR) | 501-683-6700 | hilda.booth@adem.arkansas.gov

Region 7
Jeff Briggs (MO) |573-526-9232 | jeff.briggs@sema.dps.mo.gov

Region 8
Karen Berry (CO) | 303-384-2640 | kaberry@mines.edu
John Crofts | 801-560-2637 (UT) | jcrofts@utah.gov

Region 9
Kevin Miller (CA) | 510-326-1141 |kevin.miller@caloes.ca.gov
Werner K. Hellmer, P.E. (NV) | 702-455-8095 | wkh@clarkcountynv.gov
Leo Rustum Espia (Guam) | 671-475-9600/483-0361| leo.espia@ghs.guam.gov

Region 10
Jim Cedeno, STO (WA)| 253-512-7056 | jim.cedeno@mil.wa.gov
Natalie Lahti (ID) | 208-258-6543 | nlahti@imd.idaho.gov
Susan Cleverly (ID) | 208-258-6545 | scleverley@imd.idaho.gov
Karen Layng (OR) | 503-378-3231 | karen.layng@state.or.us
Dan Belanger (AK) | 907-428-7034 | dan.belanger@alaska.gov

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Last updated August 3, 2020