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9/23/2019 - 9/26/2019 
E312 Fundamentals of Building Science
Location:  Emmitsburg, MD

This is a 4 day resident course

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
National Emergency Training Center (NETC)
16825 S. Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD  21727
Admissions: 301-447-1000

This course is designed to present information on the risks posed by natural hazards, and the basic scientific and engineering concepts for hazard-resistant buildings and facilities. The course reviews information pertaining to impacts of wind, flood, earthquake, and wildland/ urban interface fire on the constructed environment, and explains key performance and construction issues related to floods, wind, wildfires, and earthquakes.

  • Understand the characteristics of each hazard.
  • Identify sources of information concerning critical properties of each hazard; e.g., hazard size and intensity classification systems.
  • Recognize the damage risk to the constructed environment for each hazard.
  • Recognize hazard-resistant design provisions in the model building codes for each hazard.
  • Identify mitigation options and technologies for each hazard.
  • Identify current and emerging critical issues for each hazard.
  • Identify resources of technical information helpful in developing and evaluating proposed mitigation strategies for each hazard.
  • Describe FEMA Building Sciences Branch roles and responsibilities in advancing hazard-resilient communities, its programs, and activities for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation.
  • Recognize key issues of wind, flood, earthquake, and wildland/urban fire hazards and respective hazard mitigation.
  • Describe potential risk synergies present in multi-hazard environments, key issues in recognizing and managing risk associated with multi-hazard environments.
Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is engineers and architects. Floodplain managers and building code officials are also encouraged to attend. Hazard mitigation, planning, zoning, public works, and other building officials with building science knowledge and also those from the private sector, such as engineering firms, may also apply.

Prerequisites: Recommended: Basic knowledge of natural hazards, building science, and hazard area designations.

CECs: 12 CECs for CFMs
CEUs: 2.8

Course attendance is free, but registration is required. If admitted to the course, FEMA will reimburse local, state, U.S. territory, and tribal government employees for transportation to attend the course, provide free lodging on campus, and free shuttle to/from nearby airports to the EMI campus. The only out of pocket cost for local, state, U.S. territory, and tribal government employees to participate will be for their time, and the on-campus meal ticket (approximately $110/week).

Register here, create a FEMA Student Identification Number (if you don't already have one), then follow instructions to apply for an on-campus course. Applications should be submitted a least 4 weeks prior to the course date.
Admissions: 301-447-1000, Applicants should wait for their confirmation letter from EMI with their admission status prior to making travel arrangements.

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