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Webinar on Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage – A Practical Guide (FEMA E-74)

Wed April 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Failure of nonstructural components–which includes all those components that are not part of the structural system, such as architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as furniture, fixtures, equipment, and contents–have accounted for the majority of earthquake damage in several recent U.S. earthquakes. In many cases, businesses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations had to spend excessive time and dollars for clean-up and repair due to nonstructural failures; therefore impeding continued operations and rapid recovery. Nonstructural component failures can impede safe evacuation, delay rescue, and cause additional hazards such as fire following an earthquake. The purpose of this webinar is to describe in simple terms the sources and types of nonstructural earthquake damage, as well as effective methods and guidance for reducing the potential risks of injury and property loss from future earthquakes.

S.E., is a practicing Structural Engineer and President of Estructure, Inc. in Oakland, California. Maryann has over 30 years of experience designing for post-earthquake functionality and is an expert in the seismic protection of nonstructural components. She was the Project Technical Director for FEMA E-74 and co-Project Technical Director for FEMA P-1024, Performance of Buildings and Nonstructural Components in the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. Maryann was recently selected to serve as Project Technical Director for the ATC-120 Project, Seismic Analysis and Design of Nonstructural Components and Systems.

rior to the training, it is recommended that participants view a 30-minute independent study training, IS-325, Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation. The IS-325 training provides basic information on earthquakes, its impacts, and general mitigation techniques. The training may be accessed here.

ach participant of the FEMA E-74 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.

The webinar is funded by the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP)*, is free to U.S. registrants, and limited to 500 registrations. To register online, click here.

Attending this webinar is not equivalent to attending a FEMA E-74 in-person training, which is typically a 6 hour session and includes a class exercise. In-person training courses on FEMA E-74 are available through NETAP.

2015 ATC Webinar Program. The 2015 ATC Webinar Program is under development. To view upcoming scheduled and tentative webinars being planned, please click here.



Wed April 29, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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