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  • Creating a Seismic Safety Advisory Board: A Guide to Earthquake Risk Management

    This guide assists states, state coalitions, and local governments in creating, developing, and nurturing seismic safety advisory boards. The guide provides information on board operations, including staffing and funding a board, and guidelines for strategic planning and developing a model seismic risk management program to measure progress. The appendices include model executive orders, enabling legislation, staff duty descriptions, workshop designs, and workshop rosters; examples of an interstate compact, articles of incorporation, and corporate bylaws; a list of existing seismic safety advisory boards; and a lexicon of terms.
  • After Disaster Strikes: How to Recover Financially from a Natural Disaster

    Natural or other disasters can strike suddenly, at any time, and anywhere. It's important to protect against the financial consequences of a disaster. A disaster can damage or destroy your property, force you to temporarily live somewhere else, cut the flow of wages and other income, or ruin valuable financial records. You may want the assistance of an adviser, such as a Certified Financial Planner, licensee, insurance agent, or similar financial professional.
  • Code Capability Report (Without Appendices)

    This publication is just the code capability report, for the appendecies see FEMA numbers 297, and 298. This report provides a comparison between the NFIP technical guidelines and standards and the model code and standards. The report's recommendations provide a basis for coordinating NFIP documents with model code and standards. This report is a resource document.

  • Code Capability Report Appendices A and B

    This publicaion is just appendecies A and B for the code capability report, for the report or other appendecies see FEMA 296 and 298. This report provides a comparison between the NFIP technical guidelines and standards and the model code and standards. The report's recommendations provide a basis for coordinating NFIP documents with model code and standards. This report is a resource document.

  • Code Capability Report Appendices C - F

    This publicaion is just appendecies C through F for the code capability report, for the report or other appendecies see FEMA 296 and 297. This report provides a comparison between the NFIP technical guidelines and standards and the model code and standards. The report's recommendations provide a basis for coordinating NFIP documents with model code and standards. This report is a resource document.

  • Evaluation of Earthquake Damaged Concrete and Masonry Wall Buildings: Basic Procedures Manual

    This document provides practical criteria and guidance for evaluating earthquake damage to concrete and masonry wall buildings. Component Damage Classification Guides and Test and Investigation Guides are included. Detailed drawings accompany the text.
  • Evaluation of Earthquake Damaged Concrete and Masonry Wall Buildings: Technical Resources

    This document provides background and theoretical information to be used in conjunction with FEMA 306. Analytical and experimental findings are included, as well as information on the Component Damage Classification Guides.
  • Addressing Your Community's Flood Problems

    This manual provides technical guidance on how a local official can plan and take action to prepare the community for a flood disaster.
  • Property Acquisition Handbook for Local Communities

    "FEMA's Property Acquisition Handbook for Local Communities is a "how to" guide to help communities work through one specific hazard mitigation alternative known as property acquisition (also referred to as "buyout")."
  • FEMA 349, Action Plan for Performance Based Seismic Design

    This document, published as a final draft for informational purposes only, explores the steps required to successfully implement performance-based seismic design (PBSD). Topics discussed include the need for changes in current seismic design practice, the definition of performance-based design, and the products necessary for its effective adoption. The costs involved in obtaining both a basic framework and full implementation for PBSD are outlined.
  • FEMA P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms, Third Edition (2015)

    This publication presents important information about the design and construction of community and residential safe rooms that will provide protection during tornado and hurricane events. The third edition of FEMA P-361 presents updated and refined criteria for safe rooms compared to the second edition’s 2008 criteria. This edition also features clarified guidance and revised commentary to reflect 6 more years of post-damage assessments and lessons learned, including those based on many safe rooms directly impacted by tornadoes.

    For additional information visit: https://www.fema.gov/fema-p-361-safe-rooms-tornadoes-and-hurricanes-guidance-community-and-residential-safe-rooms.

  • Second Biennial Report to Congress on the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

    This report describes activities carried out under the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program. This is the second such report submitted to Congress. The data in this report summarizes FMA activity from 1997-2000.
  • Expanding and Using Knowledge to Reduce Earthquake Losses: The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Strategic Plan 2001-2005

    This Strategic Plan was submitted to Congress in response to P.L. 95-124 (as amended) and P.L. 101-614 (as amended). The Strategic Plan guides federal earthquake research, loss reduction, and mitigation efforts in the U.S.; articulates the mission and goals of the NEHRP; provides a framework for priority-setting and the coordination of activities by the four NEHRP agencies and their partners; and defines priority areas for the future. A new strategic plan for NEHRP was released in 2008; this updated plan is available at http://www.nehrp.gov.

  • Disaster Mitigation: Publications, Workshops and Planning Tools

    This brochure is a list of FEMA publications and resources that can assist homeowners and mitigation planners in preparing for, and recovering from, disasters.
  • Promoting Seismic Safety: Guidance for Advocates

    This booklet offers research-based advice to assist seismic safety advocates in presenting risk reduction information and ideas. The full-version of Promoting Seismic Safety: Guidance for Advocates is a 200-plus page report that consists of two parts. PDF files are available for downloaded from the MCEER website at http://mceer.buffalo.edu/publications/tricenter/04-SP02/default.asp. Part One is this guidance document for advocates. Part Two is a set of background papers developed by the authors as part of the project.
  • Earthquake Safety Checklist

    This quick reference guide helps individuals and families prepare for an earthquake and prevent earthquake-related damage to their homes. The easy-to-read booklet features instructions on conducting earthquake drills and “hazard hunts.” Also included are a checklist of disaster supplies, tips on what to do during and after an earthquake, and additional resources.

  • Earthquake Safety Activities for Children and Teachers

    This updated publication provides elementary school teachers with ready-to-use, hands-on activities that explain what happens during an earthquake, how to prepare for earthquake shaking, and how to stay safe during and after an earthquake. Included are a variety of handouts for students, including maps, songs, “hazard hunt” worksheets, and earthquake safety checklists.
  • Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt Poster

    This poster provides visuals and descriptions so that homeowners can identify and fix at-risk areas of their homes to reduce future earthquake damage and disruption.

  • Drop, Cover, and Hold On Poster (FEMA 529)

    This poster (17-inches by 22-inches) is intended for classroom use and updates a previous edition. The poster depicts a teacher and students in a classroom responding appropriately to the first sign of an earthquake (Drop, Cover, and Hold On).
  • The Adventures of Terry the Turtle and Gracie the Wonder Dog, Grades 3-6

    This storybook for children in grades 3-6 relates the adventures of the safety-conscious mayor of Shakeyville (Terry the Turtle) and a group of safety volunteers who meet with students at the local elementary school to teach them about earthquake safety. The students discover the importance of earthquake safety and preparedness. Included are suggestions for creating a disaster kit, illustrations of what to do if an earthquake happens (Drop, Cover, and Hold), and a list of resources.