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City of Portland to Offer Summer Classes for Assessing Buildings After an Earthquake

PBEM LogoIn August, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Oregon Emergency Management, and Portland Bureau of Emergency Management are offering four free earthquake classes thanks to the generous support from the University of Portland. The classes show how to identify buildings that might pose a risk during an earthquake, and how to quickly check a building for damage after the ground stops shaking.

What classes are being offered?

FEMA 154/Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk (ROVER) gives professionals the tools necessary to identify, inventory, and rank potentially hazardous buildings. This information will be used by government and business owners to retrofit and redesign buildings to improve earthquake resiliency. Building officials, contractors, engineers, architects, and facilities managers will benefit most from this course, but homeowners may also find it helpful. At the bottom of this page are the registration links.

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Applied Technology Council 20 (ATC 20) is a widely accepted standard for post-earthquake safety review and the tagging of structures. It’s designed to train inspectors, facility managers, architects, engineers, contractors, and other building professionals in the methodology for building evaluation following a large quake. By completing ATC 20, students will be able to rapidly review a building to determine if it can be occupied safely (green tag), has partial damage or requires additional review (yellow tag), or should be closed for demolition or repair (red tag). At the bottom of this page are the registration links.

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Who should take these classes?

Building officials, engineers, architects, building owners, emergency managers, risk analysts, Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET)/Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, and other interested residents and volunteers. 

Upon completion, engineers, architects, licensed building inspectors and some
plans examiners will be eligible for licensure as a post-earthquake
building inspectors. 

Time:          8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dates:        August 17 – FEMA P154 80 seats available
                   August 18 – ATC 20 325 seats available
                   August 19 – FEMA P154 80 seats available
                   August 20 – ATC 20 80 seats available

Location:    University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Boulevard, Portland, OR 97203

Instructor:  Edwin T. Huston, P.E., S.E. Vice President, Smith & Huston, Inc., Consulting Engineers


FEMA P154 Monday August 17th, 2015 register at     
ATC – 20 Tuesday August 18th, 2015 register at       
FEMA P154 Wednesday August 19th, 2015 register at    
ATC – 20 Thursday August 20th, 2015 register at           

If you experience problems with registration or have questions, please contact Laureen Paulsen at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, (503) 823-4375 or email