About the App
Emergency Managers can now conduct rapid, house by house, damage assessments for earthquakes with our Earthquake PDA app. The classification criteria is based on FEMA’s Individual Assistance program. Have on site team members download Fulcrum on their mobile devices, conduct a damage assessment of residential structures and have real-time results available in the emergency operation center (EOC). This app works offline and is full customizable to fit your specific team needs.
Total loss of structure, structure is not economically feasible to repair, or complete failure to major structural components (e.g., collapse of basement walls/foundation, walls or roof). Structure may have large permanent lateral displacement or be in imminent danger of collapse due to cripple wall failure or failure of the lateral load resisting system; some structures may slip and fall of the foundation; large foundation cracks. Based on building type 3% (wood-frame) to 15% (masonry) of the total area of buildings with this level of damage is expected to be collapsed, on average.
Substantial failure to structural elements of residence (e.g., walls, floors, foundation), dwelling is uninhabitable and requires extensive repairs. The dwelling is unusable in its current condition and cannot be made habitable in a short period of time. Extensive structural damage and/or partial collapse. Partial collapse of exterior bearing walls. Large diagonal cracks across shear wall panels or large cracks at plywood joints; permanent lateral movement of floors and roof; toppling of most brick chimneys; cracks in foundations; splitting of wood sill plates and/or slippage of structure over foundations.
Home is damaged and uninhabitable, but may be made habitable in short period of time with repairs. Large plaster or gypsum-board cracks at corners of door and window openings; small diagonal cracks across shear wall panels exhibited by small cracks in stucco and gypsum wall panels; large cracks in brick chimneys; toppling of tall masonry chimneys.
Some damage to the structure and contents, but still habitable. Small plaster cracks at corners of door and window openings and wall-ceiling intersections; small cracks in masonry chimneys and masonry veneers. Small cracks are assumed to be visible with a maximum width of less than 1/8 inch (cracks wider than 1/8 inch are referred to as "large" cracks).