Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Earthquake Safety & Mitigation for Schools


A one-hour webinar for school officials, teachers, facility managers, and other local
stakeholders interested in learning how to reduce earthquake risks and take actions to
ensure school safety and continued operations. Information is based on FEMA 395:
Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of School Buildings (K-12): Providing Protection to
People and Buildings, which is available for download at
Numerous school buildings located in multiple States and U.S. territories are vulnerable to
earthquake damage and losses. This includes potential:

Death and injury of students, teachers, and staff

Damage to or collapse of buildings

Damage and loss of furnishings, equipment, and building contents

Disruption of educational programs and school operations

And inability of the community to use schools as temporary shelters
At this webinar, you will learn the following:

How to assess and analyze your earthquake risks

How to develop an actionable plan to reduce and manage earthquake risks

How to initiate an earthquake risk reduction plan for existing school buildings that were
not designed and constructed to meet modern building codes

How to secure “non-structural” elements of the school facility

How to apply “incremental seismic rehabilitation” to protect buildings and ensure occupant
Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST. Please register by Friday, January 7, 2011.
Additional Dates:
Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST
Online webinar via FEMA Adobe Connect & Conference Line. Information will be shared upon
successful registration.
Registration is free. Please send your preferred date to participate, name, organization, address,
phone number and email address by fax at 650-593-2320 or by email at atc@atcouncil.org by
Friday, January 7, 2011.
Email: Please add atcouncil.org to your safe list
Audio: Touch-tone telephone
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Resolve to be Ready in 2011 – Update Disaster Plans, Restock Disaster Kits and Replenish Community Blood Supplies

SEATTLE—January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month for over forty years (since 1970). Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to holiday travel schedules, inclement weather and illness and January in particular is a difficult month for blood center blood donations. But according to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, if donations are down, the need for blood isn’t.

“Every two seconds someone in America needs blood, and approximately 40,000 units of red blood are needed every day,” said Murphy. “Donating blood is a safe, life-saving and selfless gift that enhances the level of preparedness for each and every community in this nation.”

Few blood centers can maintain more than a three-day supply of blood for transfusions. The need for blood, platelets, and plasma is constant, but only three in every 100 Americans donate blood. So-called “baby boomers” account for the majority of blood donations, but as a demographic are approaching an age when medications and health issues bar them from being able to donate. At the same time, they are the largest age cohort of the world population and require more donated blood for their own health, quickly using much of the supply they once supported themselves.
Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council. For more information on the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, visit www.fema.gov, Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov. Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. Social media links are provided for reference only. FEMA does not endorse non-government websites, companies or applications.