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ID
10-508-1261
Name
Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Team
Status
Published
Version
1.0
Updated
6/30/2020 8:10:05 AM
Original Release
06/30/2020
Last Major Release
06/30/2020
Description
The Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Team (Evaluation Team) conducts evaluations of damaged or potentially damaged buildings to evaluate safety and habitability for continued use and to assess the need for restricted or prohibited entry
Resource Category
Emergency Management
Primary Core Capability
Infrastructure Systems
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
The Evaluation Team: 1. Conducts Rapid Evaluations or Detailed Evaluations of buildings in incident areas, in accordance with Applied Technology Council (ATC) ATC-20-1 and ATC-45 guidance 2. Performs a limited initial environmental hazard scan as part of a building safety evaluation and alerts appropriate supervisors, emergency responders, and specialists, in accordance with FEMA P-2055: Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance 3. Performs a limited initial nonstructural hazard evaluation, in accordance with ATC-20-1 and ATC-45 guidance 4. Posts buildings as either Unsafe (red placard), Restricted Use (yellow placard), or Inspected (green placard) 5. Provides the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) with appropriate reports, such as ATC safety assessment forms, describing the conditions of each building inspected 6. Immediately notifies AHJ when labeling damaged buildings as unsafe, so the AHJ can implement safety measures and bring in appropriate personnel or teams
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this team, such as working conditions, length of deployment, equipment, security, credentialing, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment 2. Two or more Evaluation Teams form a Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Strike Team 3. Requestor orders or provides a Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Strike Team Leader for administrative and logistics oversight and orders additional Strike Team Leaders to maintain appropriate span of control 4. Requestor orders a Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Strike Team Technical Supervisor to accompany the team and orders additional Technical Supervisors based on incident needs and complexity, to maintain appropriate span of control 5. Requestor may order additional support staff, Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluators, Post-Disaster Complex Structural Condition Evaluators, Post-Disaster Complex Architectural Systems Condition Evaluators, civil engineers, licensed architects, and building inspectors based on quantity and type of buildings needing evaluation 6. Requestor may order additional specialists, such as Geological Specialists, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists, and Environmental Health Specialists, to supplement this team based on incident needs 7. Requestor may order additional teams, such as the Geological Survey Team, GIS Field Data Collection Team, GIS Map Support Team, or Unmanned Aircraft System Team, to supplement this team’s capabilities based on incident needs 8. Requestor provides access to survey maps, parcel data information, and blueprints, when available 9. This team does not escort residents or provide cost estimates, advice on repairs/rebuilding, or design services
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
MINIMUM PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 22
MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluator
Type 21 – NIMS Type 2 Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluator
SUPPORT PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – NIMS Type 2 Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluator
Type 21 – NIMS Type 3 Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluator
EVALUATION CAPABILITY PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Performs a Detailed Evaluation in accordance with ATC-20-1 and ATC-45 guidance
Type 2Performs a Rapid Evaluation in accordance with ATC-20-1 and ATC-45 guidance
EQUIPMENT PER TEAM MEMBERAHJ provides approved red, yellow, and green safety evaluation placards, data recording forms, caution tape, and any associated equipment.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Flashlight with extra batteries 2. Clipboard 3. Measuring devices 4. Basic first aid kit
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) PER TEAM MEMBERThe following regulation addresses PPE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2PPE is mission-specific and may include: 1. Hard hat 2. Reflective vest 3. Gloves 4. Safety glasses 5. Protective clothing 6. Protective footwear 7. Dust masks or a respirator with extra filters
COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 22 – Smartphone with camera and GPS functionality
DOCUMENTATION PER TEAMReference materials may include: 1. ATC-20-1: Field Manual: Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings 2. ATC-45: Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods 3. Manuals and job aids from the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition 4. Manuals and job aids from the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) 5. Manuals and job aids from the International Code Council (ICC) When Disaster Strikes Institute
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Appropriate reference materials, such as those available through a state safety program or the ATC
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Strike Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Strike Team Technical Supervisor
FEMA, NIMS 509: Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluator
FEMA, NIMS 509: Post-Disaster Complex Structural Condition Evaluator
FEMA, NIMS 509: Post-Disaster Complex Architectural Systems Condition Evaluator
FEMA, NIMS 508: Geographic Information Systems Field Data Collection Team
FEMA, NIMS 508: Geographic Information Systems Map Support Team
FEMA, NIMS 508: Geological Survey Team
FEMA, NIMS 508: Unmanned Aircraft System Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Geological Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Geographic Information Systems Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Environmental Health Specialist
FEMA, P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance, latest edition adopted
Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-254, Division D, § 1241(b)
Applied Technology Council (ATC), ATC-20-1: Field Manual: Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, latest edition adopted
ATC, ATC-45: Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods, latest edition adopted
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910: Personal Protective Equipment, latest edition adopted
Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition
California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Circular 1242: The Plan to Coordinate NEHRP Post-Earthquake Investigations, 2003
International Code Council (ICC), When Disaster Strikes Institute