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Training Opportunity! E0386 Residential Coastal Construction

Training Opportunity! E0386 Residential Coastal Construction

Please see below for details regarding an upcoming training opportunity at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute for engineers, architects, and building code and floodplain management officials. This is an excellent once-a-year offering of technical guidance for residential coastal construction. We hope you’ll consider participating this August!

Course Dates: August 12-15, 2019

Location: Emergency Management Institute (EMI) National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Emmitsburg, Maryland

Course Description: This course is designed to train participants to effectively use FEMA P-55, Coastal Construction Manual (4th Edition). The course and publication provide a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment. The course contains in-depth descriptions of design, construction, and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters.

Course Goals:

  1. Understand the basic principles of designing in coastal environment: Design premise, Design framework, Constraints, Defining a “successful” building.
  2. Understand the differences in design requirements and expected performance between coastal construction and inland construction.
  3. Understand the significance and “lessons” of historical events at the coast.
  4. Describe minimum requirements and “best practices” for coastal construction.
  5. Identify coastal hazards at potential building sites and identify where to obtain pertinent information.
  6. Understand how to calculate design loads and conditions.
  7. Understand the continuous load path principle.
  8. Identify siting, design, construction, and maintenance defects that result in vulnerable buildings.

To Apply: Complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application, with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official/State Emergency Management Training Office. Please apply early as this is a popular course. Mail, scan, or fax it to:

NETC Admissions Office (Room I-216) National Emergency Training Center 16825 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998 Phone: (301) 447-1035 Fax: (301) 447-1658 Email:

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