Washington State Emergency Management is sponsoring an earthquake training opportunity specifically designed for the hospital and health care sector as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drills. This free one-day instruction will include a focus on both earthquake mitigation and response activities for hospital/health care facilities in Washington State. The training will be held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey, Washington on October 10, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The following courses will be presented during this seminar:
Earthquake Mitigation for Hospitals (FEMA P-767) - Students are introduced to earthquake hazards in health care settings and learn about methods that can be used to analyze and reduce risks of damage in hospitals and other medical buildings. Such facilities have unique nonstructural components, including equipment and infrastructure systems that can become sources of injury or damage even during smaller earthquakes. By implementing sound, cost-effective mitigation measures, health care facilities can reduce seismic risks and ensure that, in the event of an earthquake, they can remain in operation to serve their communities.
Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings (ATC-20) - This course is designed to train inspectors, facility managers, architects, engineers, contractors, and other building professionals the methodology for post-earthquake building evaluation. Included in the class are slides of building damage and response lessons from past earthquakes such as Nisqually (Washington) and Northridge, California.
Please see the following flyer for additional information and to learn how to register: Earthquake Training Opportunity.