Washington State Emergency Management Division


ATC-20, FEMA P-154 Combo Course

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

ATC-20, Procedures for Post Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.

This course provides instruction on rapid and detailed evaluation procedures for evaluating earthquake-damaged buildings and posting them as INSPECTED (apparently safe, green placard), LIMITED ENTRY (yellow placard), or UNSAFE (red placard). The training provides examples which allow attendees to evaluate building damage conditions, assess the overall risk from the damage, and recommend which of the three placards should be posted on the building. These evaluations and placards can be used in planning and executing evacuation, re-entry, and rebuilding strategies.


FEMA P-154 Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards.

This course provides instruction on how to identify potentially hazardous buildings before earthquakes occur. The training covers methods and processes that enable personnel to rapidly identify, inventory, and screen local buildings according to their expected safety and usability during and after earthquakes. Local officials can use this data to plan and prioritize further engineering and vulnerability analysis, emergency-response needs, and mitigation projects.


Target Audience

The target audience for this course includes building officials, engineers, architects, building owners, emergency managers, risk analysts, and other interested citizens and volunteers.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 8

Student Selection

Priority seating is given to those residing in Washington State Homeland Security Region 1 (Whatcom, San Juan, Skagit, Island, and Snohomish Counties).


Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center

3888 Sound Way
Bellingham, WA 98226


Course Manager

Chalice Dew-Johnson

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office

Division of Emergency Management

Office: (360) 676-6681


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