ATC20/FEMA154 - Nashville, TN - January 18, 2012 Print E-mail

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 pre and post earthquake building evaluations.  This training will will provide participants information and material needed to comprehend –

Central U.S. Earthquake Hazards

Structural Basics

Building Behavior/Earthquake Performance

Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards

Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations

About FEMA154:  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 FEMA154 and is a valuable tool for earthquake mitigation planning.

About ATC20:  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.  Attendees of this course will receive inspector qualification training, experience to become a team member for inspecting earthquake damaged buildings, and a field manual to guide their future work.

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.  After completing the course participants will be retained in a database of trained inspectors, and in the event of an earthquake may be asked by TEMA to volunteer for post-earthquake building inspections.


This training is being presented by CUSEC and hosted by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Structural Engineers Association - Middle Tennessee Chapter.


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PDF Format Workshop Brochure - Click to Download

Registration Fee:  Free, there is no charge for this workshop.  The course is being provided by grants and sponsorships from the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.  Space for this workshop is limited, registrations will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis.  Please pre-register for this course by January 11, 2012 by using the link above.

Date & Time
January 18, 2012
8:00AM - 5:00PM

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
Suiter Room
3041 Sidco Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
(615) 741-0001

For More Information
Brian Blake
Program Coordinator
Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium
Phone:  (901) 544-3570
Fax:  (901) 544-0544
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Billy Walker
Emergency Planner
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
Phone:  (615) 741-2669
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Suggested Local Hotels
There are several hotels in the area, please call ahead for rates and availability:
Hampton Inn (615) 200-8917
Red Roof Inn  (615) 832-0093