GHS/OCD Host Earthquake Specific Trainings

GHS/OCD Host Earthquake Specific Trainings

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host two training opportunities specific to earthquakes at the GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights:

  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – FEMA E-74, Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – FEMA 395, Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools

The FEMA E-74 course describes the sources and types of nonstructural earthquake damage and the effective methods and guidance that individuals and organizations can use to take action now before the next earthquake and minimize future injuries and property losses from nonstructural risks. Prior to the training, it is recommended to view a 30-minute independent study training, IS-325, Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation, which can be found at

The course is offered at no cost to eligible participants. The target audience for the FEMA E-74 course includes property owners, facility managers, local officials, engineers, architects, small business, and emergency managers.

The FEMA 395 course teaches participants how to: (1) assess and analyze seismic risks typical to school buildings; (2) develop actionable plans for reducing and managing these risks; (3) secure nonstructural components in school facilities; and (4) implement incremental seismic rehabilitation as an affordable approach for protecting existing school buildings and ensuring occupant safety.

The course is offered at no cost to eligible participants. The target audience for the FEMA 395 course includes school officials, school administrators, teachers, facility managers, engineers and other stakeholders interested in reducing earthquake risks in school facilities. 

Both courses are being held during Guam’s “Earthquake Preparedness Week,” which is observed August 5 – 11, 2018.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Mitigation Officer, Leo Espia via email at

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at




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