News and Media: Disaster 4552

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This advanced topic course addresses the ever-changing challenges faced by flood and wind risk through a comprehensive approach of best-practice mitigation, code compliance, designing for future conditions, and FEMA policies and funding mechanisms aimed at achieving higher standards.
Designed to present information on the risks posed by natural hazards and the basic scientific and engineering concepts for hazard-resistant buildings and facilities. The course reviews information about the impacts of wind, flood, earthquake and wildland/urban interface fire on the constructed environment. It explains key performance and construction issues related to floods, wind, wildfires and earthquakes.
This course is designed to provide essential, nontechnical information about retrofitting existing flood-prone residential structures as presented in the third edition of FEMA P-259, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures.
This course serves as an overview of the contents of the revised FEMA P-259, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures.
Designed to train participants in using the FEMA P-55 Coastal Construction Manual. This course and publication provide a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment. The course contains in-depth descriptions of design, construction and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters.
Designed to offer engineering and economic guidance specifically targeted at architects, engineers, and local code enforcement officials. It focuses on retrofitting existing one- to four-family residential structures in areas prone to flooding. The course aims to present retrofitting measures that are creative and practical, compliant with applicable floodplain regulations, and generally satisfactory to homeowners.
This course trains state and local officials on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements of Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage (SI/SD) determinations. In addition, the course trains participants on using FEMA’s Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) Tool, which assists state and local officials in estimating substantial damage for residential and non-residential structures per the NFIP requirements adopted by the communities.

Press Releases & Fact Sheets


The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $1.3 million to the Central Maine Medical Center to reimburse the cost of contracting for temporary staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of Missouri.

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WASHINGTON — Yesterday, FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from May 3-4, 2020.

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Missouri; FEMA-4552-DR

Report on Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) information for FEMA-4552-DR; Missouri as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 3-4, 2020.