ATC-45 Webinar for Responders of the Recent Tornadoes in the U.S.

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) is concerned about the victims and communities affected by a series of strong and devastating tornadoes struck in the Midwest, Southern, and Eastern USA and would like to help. To assist in response and recovery efforts in the aftermath, ATC is providing a free 90-minute recorded webinar on the ATC-45 Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods, for online viewing.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the basic safety evaluation procedures following high wind and flooding events. Please note that to effectively use the procedures in tornado- and hurricane-affected areas at the request of Authorities Having Jurisdiction, safety evaluators should have more comprehensive training, as well as an in-depth understanding of the local construction methods.

A five-hour long in-person or web-based comprehensive training course is available from ATC. More information about this course can be obtained here.

The procedures in the ATC-45 Field Manual are for inspection of buildings, and do not cover other structures, such as bridges and dams. Evaluation forms and posting placards contained within the document can be downloaded here. A copy of the ATC-45 Field Manual is highly recommended for reference. An electronic version of the ATC-45 Field Manual is not available, but a printed copy can be obtained here.

Please note that the recording was made during a live webinar in 2014. The question and answer session that took place during that webinar is provided as part of the recording, but live questions will not be answered. Professional development hour (PDH) credits or certifications will not be provided to viewers of this webinar.

Now Available! FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report

The joint FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report, Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time, is available for immediate download.  This report was requested by Congress as part of the most recent National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) reauthorization, and is the work of a Committee of Experts including more than 30 individuals from federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, disaster management professional associations, engineering professional associations, and professional construction and homebuilding industry associations.

The report provides options in the form of recommendations, tasks, and alternatives for improving the built environment to increase resilience and reduce the impacts of future natural hazard events.  It includes one overarching recommendation and six additional supporting recommendations. Across all recommendations, there are 17 tasks identifying necessary actions and nine possible alternative actions needed for implementation.  Finally, the report includes an assessment of the recommendations and describes a path forward for implementation.  

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