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Free Webinar on FEMA P-2055,
Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance

Due to overwhelming interest, the registration limit for this event has been reached. Individuals interested in the content who have not yet registered can request a link to the recording of the webinar by completing this form.

Please note that only attendees of the live event will receive PDH certificates. The recording will be available for one month following the live event.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
Registration Fee: Free
1,000 registrations (sites) maximum

Registration is now full, click here to request a recording!

Purpose. Drawing on the recently published FEMA P-2055, Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance Report on the Current State of Practice, including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability, this webinar will provide an overview of existing procedures for post-disaster building safety evaluations and issues related to structural safety and habitability. Guidance will also be presented on planning, managing, and implementing safety evaluation programs before and after a disaster incident.

Background: 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 (Disaster Recovery Reform Act, Section 1241(a)). The final report, FEMA P-2055, covers current state of practice, including recommendations related to structural safety and habitability. This report is a first-of-its-kind document that 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 post-disaster use of buildings.

Intended Audience. The primary intended audience is architects, engineers, and building officials directly involved in post-disaster building safety evaluation. The webinar will also be useful to policy makers at all levels of government, emergency managers, and health officials who may be involved in management of the post-disaster evaluation process.


Webinar Instructors


Instructor, Ayse Hortacsu. Hortacsu is Director of Projects at ATC and served as the Project Manager for the development of FEMA P-2055. She has managed the preparation of over thirty publications for NEHRP agencies (FEMA and NIST), as well as the adaptation of ATC-20, Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation Procedures, for the country of Bhutan. She has also worked with local and international governments to develop strategies for seismic interventions.


Instructor, Bret Lizundia. Lizundia is a structural engineer and principal at Rutherford + Chekene in San Francisco. He has over 30 years of experience in structural design of new buildings, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings, peer review and plan checking, and applied research and guideline development. He was the Project Technical Director of FEMA P-2055 and the adaptation of ATC-20 to the country of Bhutan, and co-author of ATC-109 that summarizes observations of building safety evaluations after the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake. He has also served as project manager and coauthor of FEMA 547, Techniques for Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings, coauthor of FEMA 306/307, Evaluation of Earthquake Damaged Concrete and Masonry Wall Buildings, Project Technical Director for the update to FEMA P-154, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards, and Project Technical Director for FEMA P-2006, Example Application Guide for ASCE/SEI 41-13 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings. He is a past president of the Applied Technology Council and the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.


Registration Information

Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Each attendee of this live webinar will receive a certificate in PDF format documenting 1.5 PDHs. Each additional participant sharing the registrant’s computer may request PDH documentation following the webinar. Certificates are generally distributed two weeks after the webinar. Individuals who watch the recording but do not attend the live event will not receive a PDH certificate.

Registration Information. The webinar is funded by the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP)*. Registration is now full, click here to request a recording!

Webinar Handouts. The webinar handouts are available for download here. These handouts include the following documents:
• FEMA P-2055 report, Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance Report on the Current State of Practice, including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability (in PDF format).
• The presentation slides (in PDF format), which will be available for download the day before the webinar.
• A list of answers to commonly asked questions about ATC webinars.

Participants may request hard copies of the FEMA P-2055 report to be shipped, free of charge, to an address within the U.S. from the FEMA warehouse by calling 1-800-480-2520 or e-mailing FEMAPubs@gpo.gov.

*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 plans, and take actions aimed at reducing their earthquake risk and supporting overall community resilience.

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