The INSPARK training program teaches individuals how to assess buildings for safe occupancy after a disaster such as an earthquake, wind, or flood event. The training is free and based upon nationally accepted post-disaster safety evaluation standards developed by the Applied Technology Council.
INSPARK seeks professional architects, engineers, administrative personnel, construction personnel, emergency managers, county officials, building code enforcement, home inspectors, and especially those wanting to help after disaster!
Email form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions please call Hilda at 501-683-6700
You must update your INSPARK membership by taking ATC-20 (Procedures for Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings) every 3 years.
ATC-20, Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, provides training on rapid and detailed evaluation procedures for evaluating earthquake-damaged buildings and posting them as INSPECTED (apparently safe, green placard), LIMITED ENTRY (yellow placard), or UNSAFE (red placard). It provides examples, which allow attendees to evaluate building damage conditions, assess the overall risk from the damage, and recommend which of the three placards should be posted on the building.
As a National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant organization, we must work toward getting 100% of our membership to take the FEMA ICS 100, 300, 400, 700, and 800 courses. Though this is not a requirement at this time, you are strongly encouraged to take these courses to build your knowledge and expertise.
ICS 100, 700, and 800 are available free online through the FEMA website. Follow the link to register http://training.fema.gov/nims/
ICS 300 and 400 are also free, but you must take them in class. To find classes near you, please visit the ADEM website: http://www.adem.arkansas.gov/training and look at the Emergency Management Training Schedule on the left side of the page. ADEM currently has trainings scheduled for the fall of 2020. These dates are subject to change depending on the health of the State.
If you do train, do not forget to email your certifications to me at email@example.com to receive credit for these courses!
INSPARK members must maintain their ATC-20 certification by recertifying every 3 years. Trainings are offered throughout the state and members can qualify by taking the online recertification test every other certification period.
CUSEC, in partnership with FEMA’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), has developed a mobile data collection tool for post-disaster safety assessments. Developed with several Esri technologies, the CUSEC “Safety Assessment App” operates on mobile devices and was designed to speed data collection by professionals who assess buildings and structures for safe occupancy following a disaster. The app includes data entry forms that are used by field assessment teams and maps that provide assessment results and situational awareness to emergency managers.