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Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training (6.5 HSWs)
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Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training (6.5 HSWs)

When: Friday, August 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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Become a certified Safety Assessment Program Evaluator: One day Cal OES training course

The Safety Assessment Program (SAP) provides professional resources to local governments to help with the safety evaluation of buildings and infrastructure after a disaster. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) manages the SAP in cooperation with partnering professional organizations. Trained evaluators are essential in the first days after a destructive event to review the safety of potentially damaged structures. After successfully completing the SAP training, eligible State licensed professionals will earn certification for a Cal OES SAP disaster service worker ID card. This training is nationally recognized. SAP has been successfully utilized after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, subsequent California disaster events including recent firestorms, and through the interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) has helped local governments in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Please refer to this document and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services for information on the acceptable license/certification to receive SAP certification.

Handout materials and a light lunch will be included for attendees with pre-registration online.

Please bring a valid photo ID for application signature verification.

Please register by 5 PM on Tuesday, August 13 to be guaranteed an ATC 20-1 field manual. All registrants will receive an SAP Evaluator Training Student Manual upon check-in. Registrants signing up after 5 PM on Tuesday, August 13 will be able to collect an ATC 20-1 field manual at AIASF the week following the class.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the training participants have gained the knowledge to:
  1. Recognize the ethical responsibilities and legal parameters in providing post-disaster safety assessment services and identify the SAP evaluator’s role by reviewing the California Emergency Response Hierarchy management system and Safety Assessment Program (SAP) organization.
  2. Describe the Safety Assessment Program methodology to determine an acceptable habitable structure through the examination of various disaster recovery examples. Identify common and special structural damage and distinguish those that will limit occupancy, the use of structures and related infrastructure.
  3. Demonstrate through class exercises the utilization of Rapid and Detailed Evaluation Safety Assessment Forms and posted notices.
  4. Take appropriate measures to protect themselves and their team members from potential hazards while working in the disaster area.


About the Presenter

Lester G. Meu, AIA, SAP #10770
Member American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Lester G. Meu, a practicing Architect for 40 years and President of George Meu Associates in Oakland California, has construction field review responsibilities for firm projects many in high seismic risk areas. Since the 1989 California Loma Prieta earthquake, he performs post-earthquake private sector reviews of commercial buildings and conducts ASTM Property Condition Assessments. Lester is a California Office of Emergency Services Post Disaster Safety Assessment Evaluator, both a Cal-OES SAP and National AIA SAP Trainer, and serves on the National AIA 2019 Disaster Assistance Committee. His SAP deployments span from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the more recent 2017 and 2018 Northern California Firestorms.



  • AIASF Member: $125
  • General + Walk-In Admission: $155

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