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Announcing the release of the Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team Report!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Science Branch would like to announce the release of FEMA P-942, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York.  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.

Should you have any questions or comments related to the Hurricane Sandy MAT Report, please contact John Ingargiola of the Building Science Branch ( or the Building Science Helpline (866)-927-2104 or

Please visit the Building Science Branch homepage for additional multi-hazard mitigation information and resources. Be sure to also visit Hurricane Sandy – Building Science Activities & Resources

Release of Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings, FEMA P-936

The latest information on dry floodproofing technologies is now available. The FEMA Building Science Branch is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings, FEMA P-936. 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. The publication provides information about regulatory requirements, design considerations and descriptions of floodproofing methods and equipment. It was developed using input from a steering committee consisting of industry professionals, designers, academic researchers and USACE Floodproofing Committee members, as well as FEMA engineers and mitigation staff.

Key document features include:

  • Tools to assist the designer or building owner in determining the best floodproofing option for a particular building including a vulnerability checklist
  • Case studies providing examples of applied floodproofing techniques
  • Equations for determining flood forces and loads
  •  A summary of results from recent dry floodproofing research and testing for new construction

New Building Science Activities and Resources Web Pages

Building Science has created two new web pages for the 2013 Tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy containing links to material of importance to those affected by these storms.

Helpline Established

The Building Science Branch has established a helpline (phone and email) for questions related to building science issues:
(866) 927-2104

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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