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Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage

Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom (2nd floor, NE corner), 777 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Wednesday, September 17 2014, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM



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FEMA E-74/FEMA P-909: Bookshelves, copiers, TVs and refrigerators tethered to the wall? No? These are the kinds of non-structural hazards that can cause great harm to you, your employees or family and account for a majority of damage in several recent U.S. earthquakes. In this two-part class, learn to identify and reduce these hazards, then learn how to train others in your office, neighborhood, church or favorite non-profit to do the same. Click here to register.

COURSE DESCRIPTION (E74): This training describes the sources of nonstructural earthquake damage and effective methods of reducing such damage. Nonstructural failures have accounted for the majority of damage in several recent U.S. earthquakes. It is critical to raise awareness of potential nonstructural hazards, the costly consequences of nonstructural failures, and the opportunities that exist to limit future losses. Nonstructural components of buildings include all elements that are not part of the structural system; that is, the architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as furniture, fixtures, equipment, and other contents.

Course Description (P-909): The FEMA P-909 is will train students on how to deliver the Home and Business Earthquake Safety course to others. The goal of this course is to create a cadre of trainers with the ability to provide citizens basic knowledge on earthquakes, along with simple steps toward safety and mitigation in their homes and businesses.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Building owners, facility managers, building officials, engineers, homeowners, and emergency managers.


Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom (2nd floor, NE corner), 777 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd


Sept 17, 8am - 3pm

The class is being offered through the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management free of charge, with a generous sponsorship from Metro.

For more information please contact Bob Maca, 503-823-3926,

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact Daire Elliot at or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon relay: 711.