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Understanding the Importance of the Post-Disaster Safety Evaluation Program

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Safety Assessment Program Benefits


A critical, but often overlooked component of Post-Disaster Recovery Plans is the Structural Safety Assessment Process (SAP). Knowledge of SAP can help communities determine the structural state of buildings in a more safe, reliable and efficient manner. As a result, communications amongst citizens and leaders are improved, personnel assistance is able to adapt seamlessly and recovery is more streamlined. Also, post-disaster housing shortages can be diagnosed and accommodated faster and unsafe building occupancy can be further avoided to help prevent injury and loss of life. 


Safety Assessment Program Standards


The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator training or International Code Council (ICC) Disaster Response Inspector (DRI) training are the only courses to provide information and training for the safety assessment program. These courses assure proper employment of ATC-20/45 methodologies and documentation to provide reliable and useful data to the community.


Safety Assessment Program Assistance 


The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Committee is a great resource for communities looking for assistance performing these assessments. NCSEA/SEER operates with a qualified staff whose primary objective is to provide assistance to communities after a disaster. 


For additional information on NCSEA/SEER, click here.



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