The announcements for the most recent Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) reports, news, and updates are listed below.
FEMA P-1020, Tornado: Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013 Formal Observation Report
The FEMA Building Science Branch is pleased to announce the formal observation report for the May 20, 2013 tornado!
This formal observation report presents the observations, conclusions, and recommendations in response to field investigations conducted after the EF-5 tornado that impacted Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013. The post-storm investigation team focused its efforts on safe rooms and storm shelters in the path of the tornado in order to analyze their performance, functionality, and use. The report can be accessed and downloaded from the FEMA Library
FEMA P-942, Hurricane Sandy MAT Report
The FEMA Building Science Branch would like to announce the release of the Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team Report!
The report documents observations made during field visits conducted by the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT), specifically deployed to evaluate key building damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. It goes on to present the conclusions and recommendations derived from the field observations with regards to key engineering concepts, codes and standards, mitigation measures and considerations that can be used in the planning and recovery process to help minimize future damage to structures and their related utility systems.
The recommendations for disaster-resistant practices in hurricane-prone regions presented in the report are applicable to planners; decision makers; designers; contractors; building officials; federal, state and local government officials; building owners and operators; emergency managers and homeowners.
Observations, conclusions and recommendations related to the following topics are included in the report:
- Building Codes and Standards
- Flood Protective Measures
- Residential Construction
- Critical Facilities and Key Assets
- Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems
FEMA P-942 can now be accessed and downloaded for free from the FEMA Library.
FEMA P-938, Hurricane Isaac MAT Report
The FEMA Building Science Branch's Hurricane Isaac MAT Report is now available!
The MAT Report can now be downloaded from the FEMA Library.
The report was developed by the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) deployed to evaluate the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and post-Hurricane Katrina construction and reconstruction efforts. It offers guidance intended to provide decision makers with information and technical guidance that can be used to reduce future hurricane damage.
This MAT provided a unique opportunity to visit a location that was previously studied by a MAT (Hurricane Katrina MAT). The MAT report presents the team’s observations and subsequent recommendations based on the post-disaster damage assessments conducted in Louisiana. Some topics covered in the report include:
The performance of post Katrina residential construction and mitigation measures
- Impacts to Emergency Operations Centers and other critical facilities
- The performance of electrical distribution and communication facilities
- A detailed review of codes and ordinances in the affected areas, with specific recommendations for improvement
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