INSPARK Training Program

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: eq@adem.arkansas.gov
If you have any questions please call Hilda at 501-683-6700

Trainings & Webinars

FEMA P1000      May 27, 2021    1200-1400    2 PDH/HSW

NETAP Web-Based Training: FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety. Instructor: Ines Pearce, CEO, Pearce Global Partners

This free web-based training shows how to physically protect school facilities and operations before, during, and after a natural hazard event. It also provides guidance for developing a comprehensive strategy to address natural hazard safety in schools.

Audience: School administrators, facilities managers, emergency managers, emergency planning committees, teachers and staff at K-12 schools, state officials, district administrators, school boards, and teacher union leaders.

PDH eligible: Yes (Note: In the case of multiple participants watching the training on the same device, a PDH certificate will only be issued to the individual who registered for the training.)

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8794739937272188176

Cal OES       June 1, 2021   0900-1530    6.5 PDH/HSW

The Safety Assessment Program (SAP) utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects, and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in the aftermath of a disaster. The program is managed by Cal OES, in cooperation with professional organizations.  Cal OES issues registration ID cards to all SAP Evaluators that have successfully completed the program requirements. 

This is an ATC-20/ATC-45 training that counts towards INSPARK membership.

Register at https://www.dps.arkansas.gov/emergency-management/adem/training-exercise/training/earthquake-training/

FEMA 395      June 3, 2021   1200-1500     3 PDH/HSW

NETAP Web-Based Training: FEMA 395, Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools. Instructor Michael Griffin, President, CCS Group, Inc.: 

This free web-based training teaches participants how to: (1) assess and analyze seismic risks typical to school buildings; (2) develop actionable plans for reducing and managing these risks; (3) secure nonstructural components in school facilities; and (4) implement incremental seismic rehabilitation as an affordable approach for protecting existing school buildings and ensuring occupant safety.

Audience: School officials, school administrators, teachers, facility managers, engineers and other stakeholders interested in reducing earthquake risks in school facilities.

PDH eligible:  Yes (Note: In the case of multiple participants watching the training on the same device, a PDH certificate will only be issued to the individual who registered for the training.)

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3007312050403471120

Document:  Download for free using this link.

FEMA P767   June 24, 2021  1200-1600      4 PDH/HSW

NETAP Web-Based Training: FEMA P-767, Earthquake Mitigation for Hospitals. Instructor: Michael Griffin, President, CCS Group, Inc

In this training, participants 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.

Audience: Hospital facilities managers, engineers, administrators, and other hospital personnel.

PDH eligible: Yes. (Note: In the case of multiple participants watching the training on the same device, a PDH certificate will only be issued to the individual who registered for the training.)

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/863383123496098576 

Document: Download for free using this link.

You must update your INSPARK membership by taking ATC-20 (Procedures for Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings) every 3 years.

ATC-20       April 29, 2021       0900-1500     6 PDH/HSW

ATC-20        July 8, 2021          0900-1500     6 PDH/HSW

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.

Register at https://www.dps.arkansas.gov/emergency-management/adem/training-exercise/training/earthquake-training/


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 hilda.booth@adem.arkansas.gov to receive credit for these courses!

Re-Certification

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.

Mobile Data Collection Tool

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.

Have Questions?

For additional information about volunteering with INSPARK, contact the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management Earthquake Program Manager at (501) 683-6700.