Residential Coastal Construction Course Offered by FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce a training opportunity on Residential Coastal Construction designed to train participants to effectively use the Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA P-55). Course E0386 provides a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment.

Participants will receive in-depth descriptions of design, construction, and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters.

Dates: August 31—September 3, 2015; 4 days in length.

Location: Emergency Management Institute (EMI) National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.


Upon completion of Course E0386, participants should understand:

1.Basic principles of designing in a coastal environment.

2.Differences in design requirements/expected performance between coastal construction and inland construction.

3.Significance and "lessons" of historical events at the coast.

4.Minimum requirements and “best practices” for coastal construction.

5.Coastal hazards at potential building sites and how toentify where to obtain pertinent information.

6.How to calculate design loads and conditions.

7.The continuous load path principle.

8.Siting, design, construction, and maintenance defects that result in vulnerable buildings.

To Apply: Complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application, with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official. Submit the application no later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the course. FEMA Form 119-25-1 must be received by NETC Admissions no later than July 20, 2015. Mail, scan, or fax the application to:

NETC Admissions Office (Room I-216) National Emergency Training Center 16825 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998 Phone: (301) 447-1035 Fax: (301) 447-1658 Email:

To learn more, visit Course E0386 Residential Coastal Construction.