Course Announcement - FEMA Webinar: Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools - 2/17 and 3/17

The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are hosting a one-hour webinar for school officials, teachers, facility managers, and other local stakeholders interested in learning how to reduce earthquake risks and take actions to ensure school safety and continued operations.

Given the infrequency of earthquakes in Colorado when compared with other parts of the world, it is easy to forget that Colorado has a history of earthquakes and they can and will happen again.  The Rockies may look peaceful and serene, but they are the jutting, real by-products of ground movement and plate tectonics!

The webinar information is based on Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of School Buildings (K-12): Providing Protection to People and Buildings, FEMA 395.

General Information
Numerous school buildings located in multiple States and U.S. territories are vulnerable to earthquake losses and damage. This includes potential:
  • Death and injury of students, teachers, and staff 
  • Damage to or collapse of buildings 
  • Damage and loss of furnishings, equipment, and building contents 
  • Disruption of educational programs and school operations 
  • Inability of the community to use schools as temporary shelters 
At this webinar, you will learn the following:
  • How to assess and analyze your earthquake risks 
  • How to develop an actionable plan to reduce and manage earthquake risks 
  • How to initiate an earthquake risk reduction plan for existing school buildings that were not designed and constructed to meet modern building codes 
  • How to secure “non-structural” elements of the school facility 
  • How to apply “incremental seismic rehabilitation” to protect buildings and ensure occupant safety 
  • Why “incremental seismic rehabilitation” is an affordable alternative for school safety 
  • When 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST

Online webinar via FEMA Adobe Connect and Conference Line. Information will be shared upon successful registration. Registration is free! For more info and to register, please send your preferred date to participate, name, organization, address, phone number, and email address by fax to 650-593-2320, by email to, or by visiting