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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!

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If you have any questions please call Hilda at 501-683-6700

Trainings & Webinars

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

Cal OES, Safety Assessment Program (SAP), this workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Much like the ATC-20 training, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and receive a nationally recognized Cal-OES registration ID card from California. 

Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors, this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP).

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, assesses the overall risk from the damage, and recommend which of the three placards should be posted on the building.

Cal OES, Safety Assessment Program (SAP) is essentially the same training as the ATC-20 training (described above) but allows (qualifying) participants to receive credentials from the State of California, enabling them to respond to more disasters. 

Upcoming trainings: 

February 20, 2024, 0830-1600 (CST). ATC-20 @ 7000 Murray St, Little Rock, AR 72209 ATC-20 manuals and a working lunch will be provided.

April 18, 2024, 0900-1600 (CST). Cal OES (SAP) location TBD in Rogers, AR. ATC-20 manuals and a working lunch will be provided.

June 11, 2024, 0830-1600 (CST). ATC-20  @ Cromwell Architects Engineers, 1300 E 6th St. Little Rock, AR 72202. ATC-20 manuals will be provided-lunch on your own at local restaurants.

September 17, 2024, 0900-1600 (CST). Cal OES (SAP) @ AR-Tech, Rothwell Hall Room 311, Russellville, AR 72201 ATC manual will be provided—lunch on your own at local restaurants.

November 14, 2024, 0830-1600 (CST). ATC-20 @ AR State University Mid-South 2000 W. Broadway, West Memphis, AR 72301. ATC-20 manuals and a working lunch will be provided.

Intended for licensed architects, engineers, certified building inspectors, and anyone with the desire to volunteer after a catastrophic event. This course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators and qualifies volunteers for INSPARK membership. 

Follow the link to register with ADEM:

Follow this link to register for a FEMA Student ID Number:

ICS 100, 700, and 800 are free online through the FEMA website. Follow the link to register

ICS 300 and 400 are also free, but you must take them in class. To find classes near you, please visit the ADEM website: 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 train, do not forget to email your certifications to me at 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.

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.