Information and Guidance on Building Safer
- Substantially Damaged Buildings
- Coastal Construction Information
- Floodproofing Measures
- Shelter Construction Information
- Technical Bulletins
Substantially Damaged Buildings
- Answers to Questions about Substantially Damaged Buildings
Provides guidance to local officials on determining if a building is substantially damaged in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations.
- Substantial Damage Estimator
(FEMA P-784 CD)
Provides guidance on determining if a building is substantially damaged in accordance with NFIP regulations.
- Substantial Damage Estimator Best Practices
Suggested approaches for dealing with some of the challenging situations users may encounter while using the FEMA developed Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE).
Coastal Construction Information
- Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction Fact Sheets
A series of 37 fact sheets that provide detailed technical guidance on how to build safer in coastal areas. Topics include Moisture Barrier Systems, Asphalt Shingle Roofing for High Wind Areas; Foundation Walls, Lowest Floor Elevation.
- Coastal Construction Manual
Provides detailed, technical guidance on how to build in coastal areas.
- Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Floodprone Structures
Provides engineering design and economic guidance on technically feasible and cost-effective retrofitting measures for floodprone residences.
- Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards
(FEMA P-85, Second Edition)
Provides technical guidance on installation methods designed to make manufactured homes more resistant to flood and wind forces.
- Protecting Building Utilities from Flood Damage
Provides information on how to protect building utilities from flooding.
- Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings
The primary focus of the guidance document is on dry floodproofing technologies for non-residential buildings, but it also includes an overview of other techniques including wet floodproofing and the use of levees and floodwalls.
- Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding
Identifies possible funding resources for and explains small flood control projects and measures that can be taken in B, C, and X zones.
- Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Report – Hurricane Charley in Florida
Observations, conclusions, and recommendations of the MAT in response to Hurricane Charley.
- Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Report – Hurricane Ivan in Alabama and Florida
Evaluation of building performance during Hurricane Ivan and the adequacy of current building codes, other construction requirements, and building practices and materials.
- Summary Report on Building Performance 2004 Hurricane Season
This report summarizes the observations, conclusions, and recommendations that resulted from post-disaster assessments sponsored by FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) in response to Florida's 2004 hurricane season, during which the state was struck by Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne, and Ivan.
- Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Report – Hurricane Katrina
The conclusions and recommendations of the report provide decision-makers with information and technical guidance that can be used to reduce future hurricane damage.
- Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Report – Hurricane Ike in Texas and Louisiana
The conclusions and recommendations of this Report are intended to provide decision-makers with information and technical guidance that can be used to reduce future hurricane damage.
- Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Report – Spring 2011 Tornadoes: April 25-28, and May 22
The objective of the report is to provide information to communities, businesses, and individuals so that they can rebuild safer, more robust structures and minimize loss of life, injuries, and property damage in future tornadoes and high-wind events.
- Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Report – Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana
The conclusions and recommendations of this report are intended to provide decision-makers with information and technical guidance that can be used to reduce future hurricane damage.
Shelter Construction Information
- Design and Construction Guidance Community Shelters
Guidance on building a shelter that is designed and constructed to protect a large number of people from a natural hazard event.
- Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business
A tri-fold brochure providing an overview of shelter design and information on more detailed guidance that is available.
Find several technical bulletins that provide guidance concerning the building performance standards of the NFIP.
You can download these and other publications from the FEMA Library, or order a copy from the FEMA Distribution Center. To order publications please call 1-800-480-2520 or fax 1-240-699-0525 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST. You may also email your request to FEMA-Publications-Warehouse@dhs.gov. Please provide the title, item number, short number, and quantity of each publication, along with your name, address, zip code, and daytime telephone number.