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FEMA P-2022 | Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Harvey in Texas

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FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA) Building Science Branch deployed a Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) composed of national and regional subject matter experts to affected areas in Texas in November and December 2017 in response to a request for technical support from the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Joint Field Office in Austin, Texas.

The MAT was deployed to Harris County to assess flood performance issues, and to Aransas, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties to assess wind performance issues. MAT members evaluated building systems to determine the effectiveness of various design and construction practices and ascertain the effect of code adoption and enforcement on reducing flood and wind damage. To improve resiliency in future events, the lessons learned can either be incorporated into best practices for future retrofits or new hazard-resistant building design.