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Risk Management Series
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  • Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Hotel and Motel Buildings

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    This manual provides owners of hotel and motel buildings with the information necessary to assess the seismic vulnerability of their buildings and to implement a program of incremental seismic rehabilitation for those buildings.
  • FEMA 426, Reference Manual to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings (2003)

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    This manual* provides guidance to the building science community of architects and engineers, to reduce physical damage to buildings, related infrastructure, and people caused by terrorist assaults. The manual presents incremental approaches that can be implemented over time to decrease the vulnerability of buildings to terrorist threats. Many of the recommendations can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties must order by special request through the Government Printing Office (GPO). *The manual is currently being updated.
  • FEMA 427, Primer for Design of Commercial Buildings to Mitigate Terrorist Attacks (2003)

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    This primer introduces a series of concepts that can help building designers, owners, and State and local governments mitigate the threat of hazards resulting from terrorist attacks on new buildings. FEMA 427 specifically addresses four high-population, private-sector building types: commercial office, retail, multifamily residential, and light industrial. This manual contains extensive qualitative design guidance for limiting or mitigating the effects of terrorist attacks, focusing primarily on explosions, but also addressing chemical, biological, and radiological attacks. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties must order by special request through the Government Printing Office (GPO).
  • FEMA 428, Primer for Design Safe Schools Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks (2003)

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    The purpose of this primer is to provide the design community and school administrators with the basic principles and techniques to design a school safe from terrorist attacks. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties must order by special request through the Government Printing Office (GPO).
  • FEMA 429, Insurance, Finance, and Regulation Primer for Terrorism Risk Management in Buildings

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    The purpose of this primer is to introduce the building insurance, finance, and regulatory communities to the issue of terrorism risk management in buildings and the tools currently available to manage the risks. FEMA 429 provides information related to insurance, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, and highlights current building regulations related to terrorism risk, due diligence, and vulnerability. The manual also includes a Building Security Checklist categorized by data collection, attack delivery methods, and attack mechanism parameters. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties can obtain this publication via online download only.
  • FEMA 455, Handbook for Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings to Evaluate Terrorism Risks

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    This manual provides guidance for building inspectors, architects and engineers on quickly and effectively determining what, if any, are the risks posed to the building by natural hazards, terrorist attacks and other threats to the building's structural integrity.
  • FEMA 453, Safe Rooms and Shelters - Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks (2006)

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    The objective of this manual is to provide guidance for engineers, architects, building officials, and property owners to design shelters and safe rooms in buildings. This manual presents information about the design and construction of shelters in the work place, home, or community building that will provide protection in response to manmade hazards. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties can obtain this publication via online download only.
  • FEMA 452, A How-To Guide to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings (2005)

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    This how-to guide* outlines methods for identifying the critical assets and functions within buildings, determining the threats to those assets, and assessing the vulnerabilities associated with those threats. The methods presented provide a means to assess risks and to make decisions about how to mitigate them. The scope of the methods includes reducing physical damage to structural and non-structural components of buildings and related infrastructure, and reducing resultant casualties during conventional bomb attacks, as well as attacks involving chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) agents. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties can obtain this publication via online download only. The Risk Assessment Database can be downloaded from www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/rms/rmsp452.shtm. *The guide is currently being updated.
  • Building Design for Homeland Security Training Course (2004)

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    The purpose of E155 and L156 is to familiarize students with assessment methodologies available to identify the relative level of risk for various threats, including explosive blast and chemical, biological, or radiological agents. The students will be introduced to publications FEMA 426 and FEMA 452 and will be asked to provide mitigation measures for a range of manmade hazards. The primary target audience for these courses includes engineers, architects, and building officials. NOTE: These publications are available free to local and state government staff. All other interested parties can obtain these publications via online download or by purchasing hardcopy versions from the Government Printing Office.
  • Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of School Buildings (K-12): Providing Protection to People and Buildings (2003)

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    This publication was developed to provide school administrators with the information necessary to assess the seismic vulnerability of their buildings, and to implement a program of incremental seismic rehabilitation for those buildings.
  • Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Hospital Buildings : Providing Protection to People and Buildings

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    This manual provides healthcare organizations with the information necessary to assess the seismic vulnerability of their buildings and to implement a program of incremental seismic rehabilitation for those buildings.
  • Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Office Buildings: Providing Protection to People and Buildings

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    This manual provides owners of office buildings, be they Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), pension funds, partnerships, individuals, or other forms of ownership, with the information necessary to assess the seismic vulnerability of their buildings and to implement a program of incremental seismic rehabilitation for those buildings.
  • Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Multifamily Apartment Buildings : Providing Protection to People and Buildings

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    This manual provides owners of Class A, B, or C multifamily buildings, be they Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), pension funds, partnerships, individuals, or other forms of ownership, with the information necessary to assess the seismic vulnerability of their buildings and to implement a program of incremental seismic rehabilitation for those buildings.
  • Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Retail Buildings : Providing Protection to People and Buildings

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    This manual provides owners of Class A, B, or C retail buildings, be they Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), pension funds, partnerships, individuals, or other forms of ownership, with the information necessary to assess the seismic vulnerability of their buildings and to implement a program of incremental seismic rehabilitation for those buildings.
  • Using HAZUS-MH for Risk Assessment: How-To Guide

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    This How-To Guide is designed to help users prepare standardized, scientifically based risk assessments with the Hazards U.S. Multi-Hazard (HAZUS-MH) software. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties can obtain this publication via online download only.
  • FEMA 424, Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds (2010)

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    This manual is intended to provide guidance for the protection of school buildings from natural disasters. This volume concentrates on grade schools, K-12. FEMA P-424 covers earthquakes, floods, and high winds. Its intended audience is design professionals and school officials involved in the technical and financial decisions of school construction, repair, and renovations. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties can obtain this publication via online download only.

  • Designing for Earthquakes: A Manual for Architects

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    Currently no single publication exists that provides up-to-date information necessary to architects, presented in a form that is attractive, readable, and intelligible to a non-specialist audience. This revised publication will fill that gap. The present publication consists of a series of chapters that provide the foundation for an understanding of seismic design, each authored by an expert in the field. The authors were given freedom to decide the scope of their chapters; and thus this publication represents expert opinion rather than consensus. Designing for Earthquakes: a Manual for Architects is intended to explain the principles of seismic design for those without a technical background in engineering and seismology. The primary intended audience is that of architects and includes practicing architects, architectural students, and faculty in architectural schools who teach structures and seismic design.
  • FEMA 543, Design Guide for Improving Critical Facility Safety from Flooding and High Winds: Providing Protection to People and Buildings (2007)

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    This manual concentrates on critical facilities (hospitals, schools, fire and police stations, and emergency operation centers). It is based on the behavior of critical facilities during Hurricane Katrina and makes recommendations on the performance of these types of buildings. It provides building professionals and decisionmakers with information and guidelines for implementing a variety of mitigation measures to reduce the vulnerability to damage and disruption of operations during severe flooding and high-wind events. It includes extensive information on the impact of storm surges to the Gulf Area.

  • Risk Management Series Brochure (2007)

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    The Risk Management Series (RMS) is a new FEMA series directed at providing design guidance for mitigating multihazard events. The objective of the series is to reduce physical damage to structural and nonstructural components of buildings and related infrastructure, and to reduce resultant casualties during natural and manmade disasters. This brochure lists and briefly describes select publications available in the RMS.
  • FEMA 577, Design Guide for Improving Hospital Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds: Providing Protection to People and Buildings (2007)

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    The intent of the Design Guide is to provide its audience with state-of-the-art knowledge on the variety of vulnerabilities faced by hospitals exposed to earthquakes, flooding, and high-winds risks, as well as the best ways to mitigate the risk of damage and disruption of hospital operations caused by these events. The information presented in this publication provides an exhaustive review of mitigation measures and design solutions that can improve the safety of hospitals in natural hazard events. However, this publication is not intended to be a comprehensive mitigation design manual that the reader can use to develop actual plans and specifications. It is intended as an introduction to the fundamental principles of natural hazard risk reduction, with an emphasis on mitigation planning and the design of hospital buildings.

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