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Cal OES Safety Assessment Program

October 30, 2020 @ 8:30 am 4:00 pm

Suggested registration no later than October 15 in order to receive the materials prior to the training


$80 Be sure to type in AIA Long Beach/SouthBay in the Chapter Referral field on the registration form

Live Webinar

8 HSW Units for AIA Members

Disasters create terrible consequences, forcing people out of their homes into temporary shelters and closing down communities. While productive individuals sit idle in shelters or even move away, local building inspectors struggle to evaluate building safety in hundreds or thousands of damaged structures. Experience in dealing with earthquakes reveals that the number of total inspections due to non-structural damage can be more than three times the number of red-tagged and yellow-tagged buildings.

Threats also exist from other natural and man-made disasters, including floods, hurricanes, and explosions. Most building departments do not have the ability to perform multitudes of such inspections in a short period of time, so a strong need exists to have a cadre of trained professionals available to assist local governments, along with a program to manage this cadre.

The Safety Assessment Program has been used successfully in responding to disasters, such as the Northridge, Napa, and San Simeon earthquakes in California, as well as in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This class will train credentialed persons (licensed civil engineers, architects, or certified building inspectors) to be SAP Evaluators to work in the field posting buildings.

Training Description:

The Safety Assessment Program utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers and architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations. SAP produces two resources, SAP Evaluators, described above, and SAP Coordinators, which are local government representatives that coordinate the program.


  1. Attendees will review protocol for working with and assisting local governments in the aftermath of an emergency.
  2. Attendees will learn to evaluate building safety in the aftermath of a disaster.
  3. Attendees (licensed civil engineers, architects, or certified building inspectors) will be trained as credentialed persons to be SAP Evaluators to work in the field posting buildings.
  4. Attendees will learn how to mentor others on health, safety, welfare evaluations.

Required books:

Attendees will be required to purchase the following book through store.atcouncil.org  To receive certification, attendees must have books available for the training session.  Given mail distribution lead times, attendees are highly encouraged to purchase books no later than 10/15/2020 to take advantage of the cheapest shipping costs.

ATC 20-1. Field Manual: Post Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings


Mark S. Kim, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Director of Architecture

For nearly two decades, Mark has served an integral role in the design, development, and production of a variety of different building types at MVE + Partners, including multi-family housing, student housing, performing arts centers, office buildings, entertainment centers, and K-8 educational facilities.
Mark is a mentor for students involved in USC’s Architectural Guild and served on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects Orange County (AIAOC). He also serves as the AIAOC coordinator for the state disaster coordinator network and actively trains Safety Assessment Program (SAP) volunteers for the State of California of Emergency Services.

David Molinaro, AIA/NCARB

David is a licensed California architect with experience in medical architecture (OSHPD). Prior to architecture, he focused on engineering, product design, and manufacturing in the institutional and hospitality sectors, with more than 15+ years of experience in design problems and project management. David is an NCARB Licensing Advisor and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects Orange County. He also volunteers with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and IDEC (Irvine Department of Emergency Communications), both in Irvine.