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  • Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding: A Guide for Communities

    This guide is intended to help local offices in cities, towns, villages, and counties in the United States understand what they can do to reduce the damage, disruption, and public and private costs that result from the shallow, localized flooding that occurs within their jurisdictions. This is flooding that all too often escapes the attention received by larger floods or those that are clearly mapped and subject to floodplain development regulations.
  • Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions

    This guide is an updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery: Post-Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions, first developed in 1992 by Heritage Preservation and then revised in 2000. Before and After Disasters includes summary descriptions and contact information for 15 Federal grant and loan programs ?most double the number of resources in the previous edition. It covers sources of Federal assistance for preparedness, mitigation, and response, as well as for recovery. Sample projects in disaster planning, training, treatment research, and restoration illustrate the funding guidelines.
  • Technical Manual for Dam Owners: Impacts of Plants on Earthen Dams

    Tree and woody vegetation penetrations of earthen dams and their appurtenances have been demonstrated to be causes of serious structural deterioration and distress that can result in failure of earthen dams. Damage to earthen dams resulting from plant and animal penetrations is a significant dam safety issue in the United States. The purpose of this technical manual for Dam Owners, is to advance awareness of the characteristics and seriousness of dam safety problems associated with tree and woody vegetation growth impacts on earthen dams, provide a higher level of understanding of dam safety issues by reviewing current damage control policies, provide state-of-practice guidance for remediation design considerations associated with damages associated with tree and woody vegetation growth on earthen dams, and to provide rationale and state-of-practice techniques and procedures for management of desirable and undesirable vegetation on earthen dams.
  • The National Dam Safety Program Research Needs Workshop: Seepage through Embankment Dams

    This workshop report documents expert consideration of (1) potential seepage problems and solutions associated with penetrations through embankment dams, e.g., outlet works conduits; (2) filter design criteria and observed performance; (3) inspection of dams for detection of seepage problems, failure modes associated with seepage and internal erosion, and analysis of risks associated with seepage and internal erosion; (4) investigation of seepage problems and concerns at dams, including the use of geophysical techniques, and instrumentation and measurements for evaluation of seepage performance; (5) remediation of seepage problems through cutoff, reduction of flow, and collection and control of seepage, including the use of geosynthetics; and (6) impacts of the aging of seepage control and collection system components on seepage performance.
  • The National Dam Safety Program Research Needs Workshop: Impacts of Plants and Animals on Earthen Dams

    Several areas for future development related to the impacts of plants and animals on earthen dams are documented in this report, including (1) the development of tools to educate dam owners and engineers on how to spot problems caused by plant and animal penetrations, how to prevent these problems from occurring, and how to mitigate or repair existing problems; (2) the analysis of tools and methods for repairing animal burrows on dams; and (3) collaboration with other groups, such as federal wildlife agencies that have research programs in place.
  • The National Dam Safety Program Research Needs Workshop: Embankment Dam Failure Analysis

    For this workshop, 35 national and international experts participated in discussions on research and new technology related to risk assessment, embankment dam failure, and flood routing. The experts identified 14 priority areas for research, including the updating, revision, and dissemination of the historic data set/database of dam failures; development of forensic guidelines and standards for dam safety expert use when reporting dam failures or dam incidents; creation of a forensic team that would be able to collect and disseminate valuable forensic data; identification of critical parameters for different types of failure modes; and basic physical research to model different dam parameters, such as soil properties and scaling effects, with the intent to verify the ability to model actual dam failure characteristics and extend dam failure knowledge using scale models.
  • FEMA 548, Summary Report on Building Performance: Hurricane Katrina 2005 (2006)

    In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, a Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) was deployed to the affected Gulf Coast areas to assess the performance of buildings. Based on the observed damage, the MAT also evaluated the adequacy of current building codes and provided suggestions to update the codes.
  • National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System

    The Community Rating System (CRS) is part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Communities that go beyond the minimum standards for floodplain management can receive discounts up to 45% off flood insurance premiums for their policyholders by following the provisions of CRS.
  • Disaster Public Information Catalog

    This brochure offers a catalog of FEMA Publications that are available to be ordered from the distribution warehouse by the public.
  • Asistencia De Mitigacion Contra Inundaciones

    La Asistencia de Mitigación Contra Inundaciones (FMA) de FEMA es un programa predesastre que provee fondos a los gobiernos estatales y a las comunidades para ayudarlos a reducir o eliminar el riesgo de daños por inundación recurrentes a edificios y estructuras aseguradas bajo el Programa Nacional de Seguro por Inundación (NFIP, por sus siglas en inglés).
  • Stormworthy! Medical Buildings and Hurricanes Video Companion Guide

    This brochure is meant to accompany the Stormworthy! video (VT-367). The purpose of these materials is to provide knowledge about hiring the appropriate structural engineers and architects to help assess the risks to existing buildings and determine the effect hazardous storms such as hurricanes can have on Medical facilities.
  • Dam Owner's Guide to Animal Impacts on Earthen Dams

    This brochure is designed to help the dam owner manage and reduce nuisance wildlife and wildlife damages at earthen dams. The brochure provides information on the types of nuisance wildlife damages, wildlife observation during routine inspections, wildlife identification, and basic damage repair.
  • Conduits through Embankment Dams Brochure

    This brochure provides a summary of the information presented in FEMA 484, Technical Manual: Conduits through Embankment Dams, including the effects of conduits on embankment dams, internal erosion and backward piping erosion, the factors that can lead to embankment dam failure, and best practices for conduits through embankment dams.
  • Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide

    The guidance in this document will help local communities prepare for potential incidents involving hazardous materials. This guide describes how to form a local planning team, find a team leader, identify and analyze hazards.
  • Criteria for Review of Hazardous Materials Emergency Plans

    This document contains a set of criteria which may be used by the Regional Response Teams in the review of local HAZMAT plans. This review guide is intended as a companion document to the Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1).
  • FIA's Procedures for Coordination and Participation at FEMA's Disaster Field Offices Regarding NFIP Matters

    This document establishes procedures between Response and Recovery, Mitigation Division and the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA) to provide personnel to assist at the Disaster Field Offices (DFOs) with insurance issues regarding the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • G&S Diary of Revisions

    This diary provides a listing of revisions, in table format, made to the February 2002 version of FEMA’s “Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners," when these Guidelines were updated in April 2003. A general list of changes made to components of the Guidelines is provided in the Diary of Revisions. Detailed Summaries of Changes are provided at the beginning of each component of the Guidelines
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Brochure-Desk Reference

    The purpose of this Desk Reference is to provide comprehensive information about FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), increase awareness of the HMGP as an integral part of Statewide hazard mitigation efforts and encourage deeper commitments and increased responsibilities on the part of all States and communities to reduce damage and losses from natural disasters.

  • Hurricane Strike!

    A multimedia learning package created by COMET?, Hurricane Strike! is aimed primarily at middle school students. It integrates disaster safety and preparedness with science instruction, providing an engaging interactive learning environment. It also dovetails with science and safety content in the American Red Cross Masters of Disaster curriculum.
  • Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Fact Sheet

    Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage is one of several resources for flood insurance policyholders who need additional help rebuilding after a flood. It provides up to $30,000 to help cover the cost of mitigation measures that will reduce flood risk. ICC coverage is a part of most standard flood insurance policies available under FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    Additional information on increased cost of compliance can be found below:
    - FEMA P-1080, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Increased Cost of Compliance
    - Increased Cost of Compliance Brochure
    - Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage: How You Can Benefit
    - Increased Cost of Compliance Proof of Loss
    - Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Coverage: Guidance for State and Local Officials
    - Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Policyholder's Processing Checklist