Free Webinar on Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools (FEMA 395) Webinar on Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools (FEMA 395) September

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Free Webinar on Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools (FEMA 395)


Webinar on Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools (FEMA 395)
September 23, 2015 (Wednesday)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific

Registration: Free
1,000 registrations (sites) maximum
To register, click here.

Purpose. School buildings in many states and U.S. territories are vulnerable to earthquake damage that threatens safety and continued operations. This webinar teaches participants how to: (1) assess and analyze seismic risks typical to school buildings; (2) develop actionable plans for reducing and managing these risks; (3) secure nonstructural components in school facilities; and (4) implement incremental seismic rehabilitation as an affordable approach for protecting existing school buildings and ensuring occupant safety.

Intended Audience. The target audience for the webinar on FEMA 395 includes school officials, school administrators, teachers, facility managers, engineers and other stakeholders interested in reducing earthquake risks in school facilities.

Webinar Presenter.‎ Barry Welliver, S.E., is a practicing Structural Engineer and is a Principal Structural Engineer at BHW Engineers, L.L.C., in Draper, Utah. Barry has close to 40 years of experience in structural design, and specializes in residential structures and rehabilitation of existing buildings. He has been a strong advocate for school seismic safety in Utah, as he supported legislation for the rapid visual screening of schools throughout the state and conducted a pilot study; in 2013 the Governor’s office provided funding to complete this survey. Barry served as the Chair of the Utah Seismic Safety Commission from 2002-2006, President of the Utah Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) from 2012-2013, and President of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah from 2007-2008. He is the current chair of EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative. Barry is also presently serving as the Project Technical Director for the ATC-122 Project, Reducing the Risk to our Schools from Natural Hazards and Improving the Safety of our Children.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Each registrant of the FEMA 395 webinar will receive an electronic certificate documenting 1.5 PDHs. Each additional participant sharing the registrant’s computer may obtain PDH documentation using a form that will be provided following the webinar.

Registration Information. This webinar is funded by the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP)*, is free to U.S. registrants, and limited to 1,000 registrations. To register online, click here.

NOTE: Attending this webinar is not equivalent to attending a FEMA 395 in-person training, which is typically a 4 hour session. In-person training courses on FEMA 395 are available through NETAP.

Webinar Handouts. Registrants will receive a link to download the FEMA 395 report, and will have access to the electronic (PDF) copy of the training presentation in advance of the webinar. Hard copies of the FEMA 395 report may be ordered free of charge by calling the FEMA Warehouse at 1-800-480-2520.

*About NETAP. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed NETAP as a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the public through State, local, or tribal government entities, 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.

2015 ATC Webinar Program. To view the 2015 ATC Webinar Program of upcoming scheduled webinars, please click here.

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