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Building Science - Hurricane Publications

Communities located in areas prone to hurricanes are at risk of extreme winds and flooding. FEMA Building Science has developed publications and guidance to assist building owners and occupants in taking the proper precautions to stay safe when a hurricane strikes. Implementing the guidance provided by FEMA will allow for your building or structure to withstand the harsh impacts of hurricanes, thus reducing damages and keeping building occupants safe.

You can order publications from the FEMA Distribution Center.

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ASCE 24: Improving the Performance of Buildings and Structures in Flood Hazard Areas

This paper provides and introduction and history of ASCE 24, Flood Resistant Design and Construction, and presents information on the relationship between ASCE 24 and the NFIP requirements. The published version may be found at http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/9780784412626.006.

Flood Provisions in the International Code Series and 2010 Florida Building Code

This paper provides an introduction and history of the flood provisions in the International Codes, and describes the flood provisions of the 2010 Florida Building Code. The published version may be found at https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/9780784412626.007.

RA 1- Successfully Retrofitting Buildings for Wind Resistance

The purpose of this Recovery Advisory is to present key wind retrofit guidelines for buildings located in hurricane-prone regions.

RA 2- Best Practices for Minimizing Wind and Water Infiltration Damage

This Recovery Advisory presents important recommendations to reduce wind and water infiltration damage to new and existing residential buildings.

Building Science Training and Workshops for Hurricanes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Science Branch has developed numerous training courses and workshops to provide information to communities and homeowners on how to build stronger and minimize damage from natural disasters. A few FEMA training courses and workshops may be useful as communities begin to rebuild after a hurricane. Most of these courses use a published manual as their basis. For more information or to inquire about one of these training sessions, please contact us at FEMA-BuildingScienceHelp@fema.dhs.gov or 866-927-2104. The published manuals can be obtained from http://www.fema.gov/building-science.

Building Science for Disaster-Resistant Communities: Flood Hazard Publications

This brochure provides readers with a quick summary of publications that will help them prepare for and mitigate against flood hazards. The Building Science Branch develops and produces technical guidance and tools focused on fostering a disaster-resistant built environment. Located within FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA’s) Risk Reduction Division, the Building Science Branch supports the directorate’s mission to reduce risk to life and property by providing state-of-the-art technical hazard mitigation solutions for buildings.

FEMA L-781, Building Science for Disaster-Resistant Communities: Hurricane Hazard Publications (2011)

This brochure provides readers with a quick summary of publications that will help them prepare for and mitigate against hurricane hazards. The Building Science Branch develops and produces technical guidance and tools focused on fostering a disaster-resistant built environment. Located within FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA’s) Risk Reduction Division, the Building Science Branch supports the directorate’s mission to reduce risk to life and property by providing state-of-the-art technical hazard mitigation solutions for buildings.

FEMA L-782, Building Science for Disaster-Resistant Communities: Flood Hazard Publications (2011)

This brochure provides readers with a quick summary of publications that will help them prepare for and mitigate against flood hazards. The Building Science Branch develops and produces technical guidance and tools focused on fostering a disaster-resistant built environment. Located within FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA’s) Risk Reduction Division, the Building Science Branch supports the directorate’s mission to reduce risk to life and property by providing state-of-the-art technical hazard mitigation solutions for buildings.

Last updated Jul 27, 2020

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