FEMA P-938, Hurricane Isaac MAT Report
The FEMA Building Science Branch would like to announce that the 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
Other related resources:
Please visit the Building Science Branch homepage for additional multi-hazard mitigation information and resources.
2011 Tornadoes Recovery Advisories
Eight (8) new Recovery Advisories (RAs) from the Tornado Mitigation Assessment Teams (MATs) for Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri are now available.
- RA1 – Tornado Risks and Hazards in the Southeastern United States.
- RA2 – Safe Rooms: Selecting Design Criteria.
- RA3 – Residential Sheltering: In-Residence and Stand-Alone Safe Rooms. RA4 – Safe Rooms and Refuge Areas in the Home.
- RA5 – Critical Facilities Located in Tornado-Prone Regions: Recommendations for Facility Owners.
- RA6 – Critical Facilities Located in Tornado-Prone Regions: Recommendations for Architects and Engineers.
- RA7 – Rebuilding and Repairing Your Home After a Tornado.
- RA8 – Reconstructing Non-Residential Buildings after a Tornado.
Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast for 2013
Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2013
Dr. Philip J. Klotzbach and Dr. William M. Gray at Colorado State University foresee an above-average season in 2013, although they have lowered their forecast slightly due to anomalous cooling in the eastern subtropical and tropical Atlantic. They expect an above-average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall. “Information obtained through July 2013 indicates that the remainder of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than the average 1981-2010 season. We estimate that the remainder of 2013 will have about 8 hurricanes (average is 5.5), 14 named storms (average is 10.5), 75 named storm days (average is 58), 35 hurricane days (average is 21.3), 3 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes (average is 2.0) and 7 major hurricane days (average is 3.9). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall and Caribbean major hurricane activity for the remainder of the 2013 season is estimated to be above its long-period average. We expect the remainder of the Atlantic basin hurricane season to accrue Net Tropical Cyclone (NTC) activity approximately 140 percent of the seasonal average. We have decreased our seasonal forecast slightly from early April and early June, due to anomalous cooling of sea surface temperatures in the tropical and subtropical eastern Atlantic.”