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FEMA Media Library

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Building Codes Toolkit

Developed by the FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, this Building Codes Toolkit provides basic guidance and easy-to-use tools to help property owners understand building codes and the basic processes and standards associated with proper design, permitting, construction, and mitigation.

Building codes specify the minimum design and construction requirements to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of both building occupants and the general public. Historically, details of the building codes, how they are implemented, and its value to overall community planning and disaster resilience have only been understood by the technical community (i.e., engineers, architects, building codes officials, etc.). FEMA recognizes that it is also equally important for the property owners to learn building codes and how their investment to proper construction ultimately protects their property and their occupants.

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FEMA P-424, Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds

This manual is intended to provide guidance for the protection of school buildings from natural disasters. This volume concentrates on grade schools, K-12. FEMA P-424 covers earthquakes, floods, and high winds. Its intended audience is design professionals and school officials involved in the technical and financial decisions of school construction, repair, and renovations. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties can obtain this publication via online download only.

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FEMA 331, Protecting Business Operations - 2nd Report on Costs and Benefits of Natural Hazard Mitigation

Floodwaters can submerge critical equipment, hurricane-force winds can rip sections of roofing off production facilities, and earthquakes can bring down suspended ceilings in office facilities.

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FEMA Daily Public Assistance Grant Awards Activity 07-26-2021

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FEMA Daily Public Assistance Grant Awards Activity 07-26-2021

Daryl Jaschen, Director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, meets with soldiers from the Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers outside VITEMA’s Emergency Operations Center in Christiansted. Over seven days, four teams of soldiers completed 77 electrical assessments during a training mission at critical facilities identified by VITEMA throughout the territory.
U.S. Virgin Islands Hosts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Training Mission

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Daryl Jaschen, Director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, meets with soldiers from the Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers outside VITEMA’s Emergency Operations Center in Christiansted. Over seven days, four teams of soldiers completed 77 electrical assessments during a training mission at critical facilities identified by VITEMA throughout the territory. FEMA/Mark A. Walters

Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team members (from left) Spc. Kodjo Akoloh, Sgt. Austin Peterson, Sgt. Adam Miller, Staff Sgt. Stephen Scott, Master Sgt. Victor Walker, FEMA's Chris Gallagher, Operations Branch Director for the Region 2 Incident Management Assistance Team, and battalion member Sgt. Eduardo Delacruz gather outside the Area Recovery Office in Yacht Haven Grande.
U.S. Virgin Islands Hosts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Training Mission

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, July 15, 2021 -- Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team members (from left) Spc. Kodjo Akoloh, Sgt. Austin Peterson, Sgt. Adam Miller, Staff Sgt. Stephen Scott, Master Sgt. Victor Walker, FEMA's Chris Gallagher, Operations Branch Director for the Region 2 Incident Management Assistance Team, and battalion member Sgt. Eduardo Delacruz gather outside the Area Recovery Office in Yacht Haven Grande. Not pictured is the St. Croix assessment team composed of Sgt. Craig Salmon, Sgt. Drake Hupf, Sgt. Joe Aldana, Pvt. Cameron Depew and Kevin Edwards, Operations Section Chief of Region 2 IMAT. The soldiers conducted electrical assessments of critical facilities in the territory identified by the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency with support from IMAT's Response Division. FEMA/Eric Adams

Sgt. Drake Hupf, (from left), Sgt. Joe Aldana and Pvt. Cameron Depew, of the Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, conduct an electrical assessment of a critical facility on St. Croix during their training mission.
U.S. Virgin Islands Hosts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Training Mission

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – Sgt. Drake Hupf, (from left), Sgt. Joe Aldana and Pvt. Cameron Depew, of the Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, conduct an electrical assessment of a critical facility on St. Croix during their training mission. The mission’s assessments focused on critical loads and full loads for emergency power requirements and where emergency generators would be connected to the facility after a disaster. FEMA/Mark A. Walters

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FEMA Daily Public Assistance Grant Awards Activity 07-23-2021

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FEMA Daily Public Assistance Grant Awards Activity 07-23-2021

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NFIP Residential Basement Floodproofing Certificate

FEMA Form 206-FY-21-122: Form for NFIP communities that have been granted an exception by FEMA to allow the construction of floodproofed residential basements in Special Flood Hazard Areas.

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Information Bulletin No. 464: Fiscal Year 2021 Preparedness Grant Programs Final Allocation Announcement

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Letter of Final Determination - January 14, 2022

LFD Date: 7/14/2021
Effective Date: 1/14/2022

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FEMA Daily Public Assistance Grant Awards Activity 07-22-2021

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FEMA Daily Public Assistance Grant Awards Activity 07-22-2021

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Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Status FY20 Q3 Map (As of June 30, 2021)  The national status map shows local jurisdictions with approved plans (light blue), approvable-pending-adoption (APA) plans (medium dark blue), plans that will expire within 90 days (Dark Blue), and expired plans (yellow).
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Status Map (June 30, 2021)

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Building Private-Public Partnerships - Executive Summary

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Notice to Congress: July 2021 Update