CCI Programs


When disaster strikes, will you be prepared? As engineers, you’re often called upon to make on-the-spot evaluations and decisions regarding the continued entry, use, operation, and occupancy of damaged buildings and other facilities. Make sure you and your members are prepared schedule a workshop for your local section.

In cooperation with California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and Applied Technology Council (ATC) ASCE Committee on Critical Infrastructure (CCI) is offering Post-Disaster Safety Evaluations training workshops.  Participants completing the entire training will earn 6.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and those possessing a U.S. Professional Engineer’s license will be eligible to be registered as California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluators.

What the Workshop Covers

The workshop reviews the procedures used for post-disaster evaluation of buildings and help you develop the necessary skill to properly assess damaged buildings and infrastructure following a major disaster. Participants will learn current methods for performing post-disaster safety evaluations and will practice building evaluation triage on real-life examples of damaged building from recent earthquakes, wind storms, and floods in the United States and Pacific RIM countries. 

The training workshop materials are based on California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) which incorporates the methodologies of ATC-20:Procedures for Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC-45: Safety Evaluation of Buildings After Wind Storms and Floods.  These materials were developed to evaluate the safety of damaged buildings and infrastructure after earthquakes, winds, and floods.  The procedures are written specifically for architects, engineers, building officials, contractors and others in the building industry who would be called upon to make on-the-spot safety evaluations regarding the continued use, entry, operation, and/or occupancy of damaged buildings and infrastructure.

Training Topics 

ATC 20/45 & Post Disaster Safety Evaluations

  • A detailed presentation of SAP including the ATC-20/45 methodologies with examples of damaged buildings from earthquakes and wind storms in California, Florida, Louisiana, Washington, China, Japan and Taiwan.
  • How do buildings structurally react to earthquake forces and other extreme loading?
  • What are green, yellow, and red placards and what do they mean?
  • When and how do you assess and post a building?
  • How to triage evaluations and postings after an earthquake.

Rapid Evaluation & Assessment Program (REAP)

  • A description of components of the REAP.
  • How to use the REAP.
  • Illustrate how building instrumentation and monitoring will work in conjunction with the REAP
  • Disaster scenario walkthrough

Workshop requirements include: a minimum of 15 participants and host facility. Registration fees are discounted for ASCE members. Workshop materials include: an *ATC-20-1 or an *ATC-45 manual, a student manual, and box lunch.  Workshops are approximately 6 hours and attendees will earn valuable PDHS.

To schedule a workshop contact: Catherine Tehan, Manager, Critical Infrastructure, 703-295-6026 or


DISASTER MANAGEMENT (Preparedness, Response, and Recovery)

Whenever a disaster strikes, whether natural or man-made, ASCE members are actively involved in response and recovery activities, as well as post-disaster analysis activities to understand and communicate lessons learned. Additionally, engineers have a role to play in planning and mitigation efforts. Learn more about ASCE involvement in disaster management, about training opportunities, and volunteer to be on-call for future disaster response activities by enrolling in the ASCE Disaster Assistance Volunteer Directory.



CCI Criticality Review Working Group is investigating the opportunity for developing, and encouraging the use of guidelines which would help identify the criticality of civil engineering works to the national infrastructure and recommend standards of practice to better provide the increased redundancy or resiliency needed of more critical works.  Learn More About This Initiative



In an effort to address the need for increased coordination in all aspects of emergency management worldwide, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) signed a memorandum of cooperation. The new agreement establishes a relationship designed to promote awareness of the state of our nation’s critical infrastructure, and to encourage the involvement of the engineering community in supporting emergency managers. While IAEM activities are dedicated to promoting the goal of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters, both organizations acknowledge the need for the engineering community to support the preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation phases of emergency management.

As a means of implementing this partnership to advance disaster management, ASCE encourages its Section and Branch leaders to develop related partnerships and joint activities at the grassroots level. For additional information about IAEM and a list of local contacts, please visit:



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging people who want to help disaster victims to make donations through voluntary organizations that are active in ongoing disaster operations. Tthere is an easy way to provide financial support, donate time and skills or donate needed products. The National Donations Management Network is a Web-based system where individuals and the private sector can offer their support online to the voluntary organizations that are actively engaged in the ongoing disaster.

FEMA works in partnership with the affected states, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), the Aidmatrix Foundation and the private sector to direct donation offers to voluntary agencies in need as they support the thousands of displaced people. FEMA and Aidmatrix entered into a cooperative agreement, in 2006, to develop this donations management network. The Aidmatrix Foundation offers an online way to connect private sector or individuals wanting to offer support to the leading organizations in humanitarian relief.