One of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s components in its ongoing participation in the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) is the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP). FEMA developed NETAP as a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the public to increase their knowledge and ability to analyze their risk, plan and take actions aimed at reducing their earthquake risk and supporting overall community resilience.
NETAP is a program managed by FEMA’s Earthquake and Wind Programs Branch to rapidly deploy training to organizations and communities. This program is designed to help state, local, territorial and tribal governments obtain the knowledge, tools and support that they need to plan and implement effective earthquake mitigation strategies. The program provides training and associated materials on topics related to earthquake risk reduction. NETAP training courses are available in-person and online for states/territories.
The first recorded self-paced training has been made available online for anyone who wants to gain greater knowledge into visual screening of seismic emergency hazards. FEMA P-154 Third Edition: Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards is free and made available to the public in nine modules:
Module 1: FEMA P-154: Introduction
Module 2: FEMA P-154: Earthquake Hazard & Seismic Performance of Buildings
Module 3: FEMA P-154: RVS Procedure Part 1
Module 4: FEMA P-154: RVS Procedure Part II
Module 5: FEMA P-154: Key Building Performance Indicators
Module 6: FEMA P-154: FEMA Building Types – Wood and Steel
Module 7: FEMA P-154: FEMA Building Types – Concrete and Masonry
Module 8: FEMA P-154: Class Exercise
FEMA P-154: Additional Resources and Conclusions
In addition, the FEMA P-154 Report is an accompaniment to the training modules. A link to the full report can be read here.