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Safety Assessment Program (SAP)

Safety assessment is the process of evaluating the safety of structures for immediate occupancy, and the safety of lifeline systems and facilities for continued use. 

In an emergency, the Safety Assessment Program (SAP) provides local governments with architects, engineers, and building inspectors to assist with safety evaluations. The programs can supply any level of government with personnel to evaluate myriad facilities, including buildings, airports, roads, bridges, pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs, and treatment plants.

The SAP evaluation process is based on the Applied Technology Council publication ATC-20 Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, and ATC-45, Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings After Windstorms and Floods.