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Strengthening Homes Against Earthquakes

COURSE NO: C03-025
Strengthening Homes Against Earthquakes
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course identifies particular weaknesses and recommends specific, practical methods with which homes can be modified to prevent failure. Ranges of costs for each particular modification are provided.  The course material includes pictures of deficient building components and of earthquake damage caused by failure of the components.  Safety procedures to be followed during and after an earthquake are also listed.


This 3 PDH  online course is intended primarily for structural, civil, forensic and construction engineers, and would also be of particular interest to engineers serving as building officials in the military, in government agencies concerned with residential construction practices, and as consultants to insurance companies. In addition, the engineer would have an excellent background for making presentations on earthquake preparedness to civic groups, building commissions, juries, insurance companies, homeowners associations, schools, and similar organizations.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding earthquake hazards in the United States
  • What to do about:
    • Unsecured water heaters
    • Homes not anchored to foundation
    • Weak crawl space walls
    • Pier-and-post foundations
    • Homes built on steep hillsides
    • Unreinforced masonry walls
    • Rooms over garages
    • Unreinforced masonry chimneys
    • Homes with unique designs
    • Natural gas safety
    • Geologic hazards
  • What to do before, during, and after an earthquake
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the technical publication, "Earthquake Safety Guide for Homeowners", FEMA 530, September 2005, published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Strengthening Homes Against Earthquakes (4.21 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on this FEMA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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