Identifying potentially hazardous buildings before earthquakes occur saves lives and allows owners of critical infrastructure and commerce to prepare for and mitigate loss. FEMA’s Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards is a methodology that enables personnel to rapidly identify, inventory, and rank buildings according to their expected safety and usability during and after earthquakes. The information gathered can then be used to plan and prioritize further engineering and vulnerability analysis and to identify emergency-response needs and mitigation opportunities.
Reid Middleton’s Director of Structural Engineering, Dave Swanson, is conducting an RVS training class at the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference in Tacoma, Wash., this week. In light of Dave’s class, it seemed like a good time to highlight some past Reid Our Blog posts on seismic safety.
Here’s a look at some posts about Reid Middleton led post-disaster reconnaissance teams, assembled to learn how to better design buildings, bridges and infrastructure.
About the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference: It is the largest regional emergency preparedness conference in the Pacific Northwest and annually hosts nearly 700 people representing business, schools, government, the nonprofit sector, emergency management professionals, and volunteer organizations.
You can find out more about Reid Middleton’s earthquake preparedness, response, and recovery services here.