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Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Training
Red Lion River Inn
700 N Division, Room Shoreline B
Spokane, WA 99202
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST
Category: SEAW Events

Check-in begins at 7:30 am

Registration Fees
Early Registration (Ends February 23)

Registration (After February 23)

Pre-registration is closed.

Please note that due to the high demand of this training, invoicing options will not be available. All registrations must be completed with a credit card at time of registration. Registration closes on March 7. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.


Field manuals ordered when registering will be distributed at class check-in

ATC-20-1 Field Manual  (2006) - $24.00
ATC-45 Field Manual (2004) - $27.00


The SEAW Disaster Preparedness & Response Committee is hosting an eight-hour training session on Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Procedures to help participants develop the skills to properly assess buildings for occupancy following a major earthquake, flood, or wind event. The training will be based on the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP), incorporating material from ATC-20 (Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings) and ATC-45 (Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods).

Class participants will be eligible to register as building Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluators with Cal OES and in the new Washington State program WAsafe. Cal OES issues registration ID badges to SAP Evaluators that have successfully completed the program requirements. The program includes registered engineers, architects, and building officials in both public and private practice and utilizes these participants as volunteers to assist local governments in evaluating the safety of their built environments in the aftermath of a disaster. Bring your PE/SE, Architect or Building Inspector license number for the application form. Download a list of accepted licenses and certificates for SAP Evaluators.) 

Registration: Preregistration, prepayment required. Registration price includes the class, lunch, refreshments, and the Cal OES SAP Evaluator Student Manual.  ATC-20-1 and ATC-45 Field Manuals are not included in the price but may be purchased separately when registering for the class. The ATC Field Manuals are vital for working in the field and will be referred to in class. Field Manuals ordered during registration will be distributed at class check-in. We recommend that students have or order at least the ATC-20-1 Field Manual for use during the training.  

Register online by Friday, February 23 for early registration price. A $20.00 increase applies to registration after February 23. Final Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. 

A certificate for eight Professional Development Hours can be issued upon completion. 

Training Description: 

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, buildings need to be evaluated to determine whether they are safe to use. The SAP/ATC evaluation procedures are internationally recognized standards for performing these post-disaster building safety assessments. This program is a must for engineers, architects and building officials committed to using their unique professional skills to assist following a catastrophic event. 

In this session, you will learn the most current methods for performing post-disaster safety evaluations of buildings. The training will include:

  • A detailed presentation of SAP and ATC-20/45 manuals with examples of damaged buildings 
  • The important role of engineers, architects, and building officials in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery 
  • The process for conducting post-disaster rapid building assessments and completing damage assessment forms and placards 
  • The significance of the green, yellow, and red placards. 
  • The process for volunteer call-ups following disaster
  • Information on WAsafe, the building safety assessment program that is being developed for use in and by Washington State. 

The instructor will lead the audience through evaluation exercises based on real-life examples of damaged buildings. 

Instructor Ed Huston, PE, SE:
  Ed is a licensed civil and structural engineer in Washington and a principal in the firm of Smith & Huston, Inc., Consulting Engineers in Seattle. Ed has over 45 years’ experience in structural design, evaluation, investigation, and code and standards development. He was the Lead Technical Consultant on the ATC-45 Field Manual and participated in the review of ATC-20-2. Ed has taught numerous ATC-20, ATC-45, and Cal OES SAP classes both nationally and internationally. He continues to be an active member of SEAW.




Contact: [email protected] or (206) 209-5283