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Community Rebuilding Resources

On this page you will find resources you might find useful if you are considering improvements to any structures. These documents were prepared by the Building Science Division of FEMA.

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Substantially Damaged Buildings

Coastal Construction Information

  • Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction Fact Sheets 
    (FEMA P-499)
    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  
    (FEMA P-55)
    Provides detailed, technical guidance on how to build in coastal areas.

Floodproofing Measures

MAT Reports

Safe Room Construction Information

Technical Information

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 Resource and Document 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 Please provide the title, publication number, and quantity of each publication, along with your name, address, zip code, and daytime telephone number.

Last Updated: 
07/05/2019 - 17:02